Performance Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Paul Appleby
Ken Noda

Zankel Hall
Paul Appleby has rapidly established himself as one of the most exciting young tenors of his time. He won tremendous critical acclaim for his “star-making” (New York Post) performance in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013. Opera News wrote about him as a recitalist: “Appleby is a singer with a full-throttle commitment to the song repertoire.” In this eclectic program, he sings German, French, and Portuguese songs, and also premieres a new work by Matthew Aucoin.


  • Paul Appleby, Tenor
  • Ken Noda, Piano
  • Matthew Aucoin, Piano


  • F. LACHNER "Das Fischermädchen," Op. 33, No. 10
  • SCHUMANN Liederkreis, Op. 24
    ·· Morgens steh’ ich auf und frage
    ·· Es treibt mich hin
    ·· Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen
    ·· Lieb’ Liebchen
    ·· Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden
    ·· Warte, warte, wilder Schiffmann
    ·· Berg' und Burgen schaun herunter
    ·· Anfangs wollt' ich fast verzagen
    ·· Mit Myrten und Rosen
  • WOLF "Das Ständchen" from Gedichte von Joseph von Eichendorff
  • WOLF "Heimweh" from Gedichte von Joseph von Eichendorff
  • WOLF In der Fremde (“Wolken, wälderwärts gegangen”)
  • WOLF "Seemanns Abschied" from Gedichte von Joseph von Eichendorff
  • MATTHEW AUCOIN Merrill Songs (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • BERLIOZ Selections from Les nuits d'été, Op. 7
    ·· "Villanelle"
    ·· "Au cimetière"
    ·· "L’ile inconnue"
  • VILLA-LOBOS "Canção do poeta do século XVIII"
  • VILLA-LOBOS "Evocação"
  • VILLA-LOBOS "Samba clássico"

  • Encores:
  • SHARP "O Waly, Waly" from Folk Songs from Somerset (arr. Benjamin Britten)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY "Lensky's Aria" from Eugene Onegin

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Paul Appleby

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

    Following a summer season that included his debut at Glyndebourne in Barrie Kosky's new production of Handel's Saul, Mr. Appleby's 2015-2016 season includes a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and his San Francisco Opera debut as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.

    Concert performances include collaborations with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Coronation Mass, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Mozart's Requiem, and Jane Glover and the New York Philharmonic in Handel's Messiah.

    Deeply committed to the art of song, Mr. Appleby makes his recital debut at London's Wigmore Hall accompanied by Malcolm Martineau, and tours North America with pianist Ken Noda, presented in performances by the Celebrity Series of Boston, Friends of Chamber Music of Miami, and University of Notre Dame. Last December, Mr. Appleby delivered a program at the New York Festival of Song with Steven Blier, showcasing the exquisite lyricism of Franz Schubert and The Beatles.

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  • Ken Noda

    Ken Noda is musical assistant to James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera, where he began working in 1991. He studied with Daniel Barenboim and performed as soloist with such orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker; Vienna, New York, Israel, and Los Angeles philharmonics; London, Boston, Chicago, and National symphony orchestras; San Francisco Symphony; The Cleveland Orchestra; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; Orchestre de Paris; and Philharmonia Orchestra, under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Rafael Kubelík, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, and André Previn. He has also collaborated as a chamber musician with Maestro Levine, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Nigel Kennedy, and the Emerson String Quartet; and as an accompanist to Kathleen Battle, Hildegard Behrens, Maria Ewing, Aprile Millo, Kurt Moll, Jessye Norman, Matthew Polenzani, Dawn Upshaw, and Deborah Voigt. Mr. Noda has been a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival since 1999 and taught for four summers at the Renata Scotto Opera Academy at the invitation of Ms. Scotto. At the Met, he devotes much of his time to the training of young singers in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and also gives master classes at The Juilliard School.

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At a Glance

Paul Appleby’s program is exceptionally eclectic, combining 19th-century Romantic lieder and chansons with the 20th-century Brazilian vitality of Heitor Villa-Lobos and the world premiere of songs by American composer Matthew Aucoin. The first half of the program looks at two of Germany’s greatest Romantic poets, Heinrich Heine and Joseph von Eichendorff, as realized musically by three very different German composers: Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, and the rarely heard Franz Lachner. The focal point is Schumann’s first Liederkreis, Op. 24, a somewhat lesser-known parallel in its tale of lost love to his Dichterliebe.

The concert’s second half partly returns to the 19th century for three songs from Les nuits d’été by that arch-Romantic French genius Hector Berlioz. Equally colorful are Villa-Lobos’s songs in Portuguese, a stylistic mixture of Brazilian popular and classical art song. Only in his 20s, Aucoin is already renowned for his operas and other vocal music, as well as for his talent as a conductor and pianist; his Merrill Songs are a Carnegie Hall co-commission.
Program Notes


Major support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.
Public support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.
This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.

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