Benjamin Appl

Benjamin Appl

Our Autumn season draws to a close with a tour featuring the wonderfully charismatic Benjamin Appl, a honey-toned German baritone lauded for his expressive performances of Lieder and operatic repertoire.

Tour Dates

15 Nov, 3pm, €18 Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen
16 Nov, 8pm, €15 / €12 Station House Theatre, Clifden
18 Nov, 8pm, €20 / €15 The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin 1
19 Nov, 8pm, €15 / €12 Tipperary Excel Centre, Tipperary
20 Nov, 8pm, €14 / €12 Triskel Christchurch, Cork
22 Nov, 8pm, €18 / €16 Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
23 Nov, 8pm, £10 Warrenpoint Town Hall, Co. Down

Sensational German lyric baritone Benjamin Appl closes our Autumn season in a romantically-coloured programme for voice and piano. Selected as part of the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars programme, and a current BBC New Generation Artist, Appl has captivated audiences across Europe and America with his smooth-timbred voice, expressive delivery and physically-charged performances.

The last-ever student of the great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Appl was awarded the prestigious Schubert Prize by the Deutsche Schubert-Gesellschaf in 2012, and this season he returns to the Schubertiade, London’s Wigmore Hall and deSingel in Antwerp among other venues. Appl has also performed in recital at the Rheingau and Oxford Lieder festivals and the KlavierFestival Ruhr. For this tour, he is accompanied by Gary Matthewman, one of the UK's leading song pianists whose former recital partners include such luminaries as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Mark Padmore, Ailyn Perèz and Roderick Williams. Together, they will perform Labours of the Heart, a programme of Lieder and operatic arias.

The programme will include arias from popular Mozart operas such as The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, as well as arias from Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Well known songs by Mendelssohn, Poulenc and Schubert will also be performed on the tour.

Benjamin Appl, baritone
Gary Matthewman, piano

This tour is supported by the Goethe-Institut. 

As part of this tour, Appl and Matthewman will host masterclasses in Dublin and Cork. Observers are most welcome to all masterclasses. See more here.

**Please note: Some of the seats at the 18 November concert at The Hugh Lane Gallery will have a restricted view of the performance. Doors will open at 7.30pm (concert at 8pm): arrive early to secure your preferred seat. More details here.**

15 Nov Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen 3pm, €18 028 33752 / 087 6371531 St Barrahane's Church Festival of Music
16 Nov Station House Theatre, Clifden 8pm, €15 / €12 095 21699 (for information) Clifden Arts Society
18 Nov The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin 1 8pm, €20 / €15 01 4750224 Music Network
19 Nov Tipperary Excel Centre, Tipperary 8pm, €15 / €12 062 80520 Tipperary Excel Centre
20 Nov Triskel Christchurch, Cork 8pm, €14 / €12 021 4722022 Triskel Arts Centre
22 Nov Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire 8pm, €18 / €16 01 2312929 Pavilion Theatre
23 Nov Warrenpoint Town Hall, Co. Down 8pm, £10 0044 28 30828632 Newry Chamber Music

The programme will include arias from popular Mozart operas such as The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, as well as arias from Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Well known songs by Mendelssohn, Poulenc and Schubert will also be performed on the tour.

For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Music writer Pat O'Kelly wrote the programme notes for this tour. Read them here.

Robert Schumann: Widmung (Rückert) Op. 25 no 1                                                        

Francis Poulenc: L’offrande (Anonymous) FP 42 no 6                                                  

Reynaldo Hahn: À Chloris (Viau)                                                                                  

Edvard Grieg: Lauf der Welt (Uhland) op 48 no 3                                                    

Felix Mendelssohn: Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (Heine) op 34 no 2                                   

Franz Schubert: Liebesbotschaft (Rellstab) D957/1
Franz Schubert: Die Taubenpost (Seidl) D957/14                                                        

Benjamin Britten: The Salley Gardens (Irish Tune)                                                         

Marian Ingoldsby: Never give all the heart (Yeats)  - New commission by Music Network

Francis Poulenc: La maîtresse volage (Anonymous) FP 42 no 1                                   

Hugo Wolf: Hoffärtig seid ihr schönes Kind (Heyse)
Hugo Wolf: Wir haben beide lange Zeit geschwiegen (Heyse)                            

Franz Schubert: Der Tod und das Mädchen (Claudius) D531                                      

Richard Strauss: Allerseelen (Gilm) op 10 no 8                                                            




Labours of the Heart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fin ch’han dal vino (Don Giovanni’s aria from Don Giovanni KV 527)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Deh vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni’s aria from Don Giovanni KV 527) 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Leporello’s aria from Don Giovanni KV 527)

Richard Strauss: Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen Zagen (Harlekin’s aria from Ariadne auf Naxos op 60)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Papagena, Papagena! (Papageno’s aria from Die Zauberflöte KV 620)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Hai gia vinta la causa… Vedro mentr’io sospiro (Count Almaviva’s aria from Le Nozze di Figaro KV 492)
Benjamin Britten: Within this frail crucible of light (Tarquinius’ aria from The Rape of Lucretia op 37)

Sweet Romance       
Richard Wagner: Wie Todesahnung… O du, mein holder Abendstern (Wolfram’s aria from Tannhäuser)
Frederick Loewe: On the street where you live (Freddy’s aria from My Fair Lady)

Benjamin Appl talks about his life as a singer to BBC Radio 3

Benjamin Appl and Graham Johnson perform Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin

"A vocal presence so arresting it almost seems hypnotic. His voice has something of the effect of a person with a physical beauty you just can’t tear your eyes away from."

- The Irish Times

"The voice: big, round, perfectly controlled. Musicality, charisma, stage presence: everything present."

- Die Neue

"Benjamin Appl had the appropriate bearing and vocal authority for the role of Aeneas."

- The Guardian

"Matthewman’s keyboard accompaniments… came across like a musical cardiograph, tracing the fluctuations of mood and feeling with pinpoint accuracy. The prelude and postlude to each song were invariably scene-stealers."

- Financial Times