Paul Appleby '05 Stars in New Metropolitan Opera Production

October 24, 2013


Tenor Paul Appleby '05, stars as Brian in The Metropolitan Opera's new production of composer Nico Muhly's, Two Boys.
The opera, which makes its U.S. debut October 21 through November 14, was recently featured in The New York Times Two Boys is a detective story that centers on a complex relationship between young teenagers that unfolds through Internet chat rooms. It is inspired by a real-life stabbing that occurred in England in 2003.   
Appleby majored in English and music at the University of Notre Dame and went on to receive both a master's degree and an artist diploma in opera studies from The Juilliard School. He recently graduated from the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. 
In addition to the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts, Appleby won the 2012 Top Prize by the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the 2012 Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, and the 2011 Richard Tucker Career Grant and George London Foundation Award. He was also a national winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
“I know that whatever success I have as a singer has everything to do with the varied experiences and broader education that a liberal arts degree at Notre Dame afforded me,” Appleby says. 
Watch a new Arts and Letters video alumni profile of Paul Appleby here.