Paul Appleby

Paul Appleby and Layla Claire sing together in The Rake’s Progress in New York

24 April 2015

Both graduates of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Programme, American tenor Paul Appleby and Canadian soprano Layla Claire join forces on the stage of The Met performing the lead roles of Tom Rakewell and Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. In a collaboration with Music Director James Levine - who they have both worked with previously - the performances take place on 1, 4 and 9 May.

Having already made another major role debut under Levine this season at The Met as David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg earning him considerable critical praise, Appleby closes the season with a Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Handel’s Saul conducted by Ivor Bolton.

Already a regular on the stage of The Met, Layla has enjoyed a season of major debuts, including the Governess (The Turn of the Screw) at Opernhaus Zürich and Blanche de la Force in Francesca Zambello’s new production of Dialogues des carmélites at Washington National Opera. She rounds off the season with performances as Helena (A Midsummer Nights Dream) at this summer’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.