Paul Appleby


Admired for his interpretive depth, vocal strength and range of expressivity, tenor Paul Appleby is one of the sought-after voices of his generation. A versatile artist, Appleby is equally in demand on the world’s leading concert, recital and opera stages.

Highlights of his 2016/17 season include a reprise of the role of Belmonte (Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio) in his company debut with the Dutch National Opera, the Steuermann in a concert version of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman with the St. Louis Symphony, and a return to the familiar role of Tom Rakewell with Festival Aix-en-provence in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.  After closing out a 2015/16 season that included a successful recital tour (including his Wigmore Hall debut), a debut with San Francisco Opera (Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute), and a return to The Metropolitan Opera stage (Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio), Appleby took on the title role in Glyndebourne’s Béatrice et Bénédict (Berlioz).

Appleby’s discography includes albums for Delos, Virgin Classics, EMI’s Juilliard Sessions, and Nonesuch. He is featured live in Nico Muhly’s opera, Two Boys, recorded live during the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013 production and released by Nonesuch. He is a graduate of Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and received the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts. Other awards include the 2012 Top Prize by the Gerda Lissner Foundation, 2012 Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, 2011 Richard Tucker Career Grant and George London Foundation Award, and National Winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. A recipient of an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at The Juilliard School, he has also received a master’s degree from Juilliard and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and in Music from the University of Notre Dame.