Paul Appleby


Admired for his interpretive depth, vocal strength, and range of expressivity, Paul Appleby’s calendar of the 2022-23 season includes the world premiere of Antony and Cleopatra by John Adams at San Francisco Opera, Bernstein’s Candide for the Opéra de Lyon, and Girls of the Golden West with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of the composer, John Adams. The tenor’s international concert diary includes Bach’s Matthäus-Passion both with the New York Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.

Highlights of recent seasons include concerts with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and David Zinman and the Bamberger Symphoniker. Operatic engagements include performances with François-Xavier Roth and Oper Köln, Philippe Jordan and Opéra national de Paris, Ivor Bolton at Glyndebourne, and with Stéphane Denève at Dutch National Opera.

A dynamic international opera schedule has seen the American tenor in the world premiere of John Adams and Peter Sellars’ Girls of the Golden West at San Francisco Opera and later a first revival at Dutch National Opera, in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Oper Frankfurt, Metropolitan Opera, and at Dutch National Opera; new productions of Handel’s Saul directed by Barrie Kosky at the Glyndebourne Festival and Houston Grand Opera; and in Die Zauberflöte at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real, San Francisco Opera, and Washington National Opera.

A graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera, his many performances with his ‘home company’ include Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg led by Sir Antonio Pappano, Rodelinda conducted by Harry Bicket, Pelléas et Mélisande with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and The Rake’s Progress under the baton of James Levine.