Paul Appleby

(South Bend, Indiana)

2017–18 Season: Joe Cannon in Girls of the Golden West

A winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, tenor Paul Appleby made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2015 as Tamino in The Magic Flute. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Program, Appleby has performed frequently with that company including creating the role of Brian in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Hylas (Les Troyens), Demetrius (The Enchanted Island),  Brighella (Ariadne auf Naxos), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), and David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). Other career highlights include Ferrando (Così fan tutte) with Frankfurt Opera, Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company, and Boston Lyric Opera; Fritz (La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein) with Santa Fe Opera; Tom Rakewell with Frankfurt Opera; Agenore (Il Re Pastore) with Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); and Gomatz (Zaïde) with Wolf Trap Opera. Appleby has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. For the 2016-17 season, Appleby's engagements include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at the Metropolitan Opera, Belmonte at Dutch National Opera, and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the Phoenix Symphony and New World Symphony.