Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Paul Appleby, tenor
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 8pm — Longy’s Pickman Hall
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present tenor Paul Appleby as part of The Debut Series. The performance will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2015 at 8pm at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Limited tickets for Paul Appleby’s recital start at $25, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661, or at the Celebrity Series box office Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
This performance will mark Paul Appleby’s Celebrity Series debut.
Program to include works by W.A. Mozart, Franz Lachner, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Hector Berlioz, P.I. Tchaikovsky, Edouard Lalo, Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Admired for his interpretive depth, vocal strength, and range of expressivity, rising star 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.
After making his UK debut at Glyndebourne this summer, Mr. Appleby’s 2015-16 season officially begins with the role of Jonathan in the same production of Handel’s Saul in Bucharest. Other highlights of his upcoming season include debuts with the San Francisco Opera (Tamino The Magic Flute) and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic where he will perform with maestro Gustavo Dudamel. In addition, Mr. Appleby reunites with James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera (Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and with the New York Philharmonic (Handel Messiah), and will present an international recital tour which includes Wigmore Hall with pianist Malcolm Martineau, and the Celebrity Series of Boston, Friends of Chamber Music and Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with pianist Ken Noda.
Mr. Appleby closed his 2014-15 season as Tom Rakewell in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky) conducted by James Levine. Earlier in this season, Mr. Appleby was seen and heard there as David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Additional engagements included his role debut as Don Ottavio with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in concert, his San Diego Opera debut in the same role in Don Giovanni, and performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on tour and with the National Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Lobegesang at the Kennedy Center.
Recent performance highlights include the lead role of Brian in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013-14 North American premiere of American composer Nico Muhly’s Two Boys conducted by David Robertson, and Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Oper Frankfurt. Company debuts included the Santa Fe Opera singing Fritz in Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, the Canadian Opera Company in Così fan tutte, and Washington National Opera as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Concert appearances include performances of works by Benjamin Britten as part of Carnegie Hall’s “Britten Discovery Day,” an art song recital with the Voce at Pace recital series in New York City with pianists Ken Noda and Brian Zeger, and a joint recital with baritone Joshua Hopkins and pianist Natalia Katyukova presented by the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.
Passionate about the art of song, Mr. Appleby has performed recitals with Steven Blier and the New York Festival of Song, at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall’s vocal recital series, at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of the Vocal Arts Society, for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Aspen Music Festival, the Caramoor Festival, [email protected], the Judith Raskin memorial concert, the Joy in Singing Foundation, as well as an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He made his Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall accompanied by Brian Zeger offering Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin.
Paul Appleby 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.
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 77-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 77 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.
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