German baritone Benjamin Appl, hailed as “the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers,” by Gramophone magazine, has embarked on his first U.S. recital tour with pianist James Baillieu.

As featured in The New York Times:

As featured in Operawire“…an evening of pure musicality and the exploration of human sentiments. Benjamin Appl demonstrated that he is a consummate artist. For anyone who hadn’t heard the baritone before, this was a huge discovery. He is one to keep an eye out for in years to come.”

U.S. Tour Schedule:
Park Avenue Armory | New York, NY
Sunday, January 6 at 3pm – Schubert: Die schöne Mülllerin | Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30pm – Schubert: Schwanengesang
Thursday, January 10 at 7:30pm – Schubert: Winterreise

Portland Friends of Chamber Music | Portland, OR
Sunday, January 13 at 3pm – Heimat: Songs of Homeland and Belonging

New Orleans Friends of Music | New Orleans, LA
Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30pm – Schubert, Muhly, Schumann
Wednesday January 16 at 7:30pm – Heimat: Songs of Homeland and Belonging

Art Song Festival at The Cleveland Institute of Music | Cleveland, OH
Friday, January 18 at 8pm – Schubert, Schumann, Duparc, Muhly, Grieg

The Phillips Collection | Washington, DC
Sunday, January 20 at 4pm – Schubert, Grieg, Muhly, Schumann

Now based in London, Benjamin Appl has made a name for himself as the BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the 2016 Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award. Named a Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organisation, he has thrilled audiences with his beautiful voice, profound interpretations and congenial stage presence at the most renowned concert venues in Europe. He was a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist and ECHO Rising Star for the 2015-16 season, appearing in recital at major venues including the Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Paris and Cologne, and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. Appl is dedicated to drawings connections for contemporary audiences to the lieder tradition, often sharing with audiences personal sources of inspiration during his performances. “In a manner that is unusual for classical music,” reports The Financial Times, “Appl has woven the backstory into his concerts – introducing Richard Strauss’ ‘Allerseelen,’ for instance, as an homage to the two grandparents he lost a few years ago, or prefacing the English songs with a recollection of the disorientation and exhilaration he felt after first moving to London.”

For his U.S. debut recital tour, Appl will be performing a wide range of repertoire including Schubert’s Die schöne Mülllerin Schwanengesang and Winterreise in New York; selections from his first Sony album Heimat: Songs of Homeland and Belonging by Dvorak, Schubert, Wolf, Brahms, Schubert, Schreker, Strauss, Poulenc, Britten, Vaughan-Williams, Warlock and more in Portland and New Orleans; and selections from Schubert’s Schwanengesang, Grieg’s Six German Songs, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and more in Cleveland and Washington, DC, on concerts that also include Nico Muhly’s The Last Letter, written for Appl in 2015. Appl’s 2017 album Heimat, was released to excellent reviews and received the Orphée d’Or Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau for Best Lieder Interpretations. His new Bach album from 2018, with early music ensemble Concerto Köln, features selections from Bach’s highly varied cantata output. The recording retraces the liturgical church year with well-known and lesser known music from the early and late Bach cantatas, and arias from the St. Matthew Passion and Bach’s secular cantatas. The album thus explores the development of the genre from the traditional choral cantata all the way to the “modern” cantata form developed by Erdmann Neumeister with its recitatives and arias modeled on Italian opera.