Benjamin Appl

Introduction

German baritone Benjamin Appl is an artist equally at home in opera, concert and recital repertoire.

Recent appearances on the opera stage include Ernesto in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna in Augsburg, Minister in Strauss’s Wiener Blut in Munich, Dr Falke in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus in Regensburg, Schaunard in Puccini’s La bohème in Munich with the Munich Radio Orchestra under Ulf Schirmer, and Baron Tusenbach in Eötvös’s Tri Sestri in the Prinzregenten Theater, Munich and at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin with the Staatskapelle Berlin.

Recital appearances include the 2010 Ravinia Festival, Chicago, Graham Johnson’s ‘Young Songmakers Almanac’ in London, his debut at the prestigious festival ‘Heidelberger Frühling’ 2011 and appearances at De Singel, Antwerp. Following his appearance with the 2012 Klavierfestival Ruhr, Herten, with Graham Johnson, he has been awarded the Deutsche Schubert Gesellschaft Schubertpreis.

Benjamin's appearances with the Schubertiade Festival include two performances of Die schöne Müllerin, in both his solo recital debut in Schwarzenberg and with Graham Johnson in Hohenems, and a 'Liederabend' of duets and trios with Sylvia Schwartz and Mauro Peter, accompanied by Helmut Deutsch. The season also includes recitals at both the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Benjamin Appl graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and now continues his studies with Rudolf Piernay. He had the great fortune to be mentored by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

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Owen Wingrave

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Benjamin Appl takes firm charge of the title role

Hilary Finch, The Times
Benjamin Appl’s Owen makes a handsome, quietly composed centrepiece. Andrew Clark, Financial Times
Benjamin Appl – tall, blond and in Prince William mould (making his girlfriend Kate rather appropriate) – led a fine cast with exemplary diction (mostly carrying to the audience behind them when they were facing the other bank of spectators). Appl was particularly affecting in his harp, piano and vibraphone-accompanied paean “Peace is not confused, not sentimental, not afraid” just before the end... Nick Breckenfield, Classical Source
Benjamin Appl was superb as Owen. The Spectator

Schubert

Schubert Recital

Markus-Sittikus-Saal Hohenems

Am Sonntagnachmittag stellte sich der junge deutsche Bariton Benjamin Appl dem Schubertiadepublikum vor, am Flügel saß er Nestor der Liedbegleiter, Graham Johnson. Gut aussehend und mit gewinnendem Auftreten hatte Appl schon nach den ersten Phrasen seines wohltönenden Baritons das Publikum auf seiner Seite. Mit einem puren Schubert-Programm hatte er sich höchsten Anforderungen gestellt und diese wunderschön erfüllt. Dass er nach der Pause noch einmal freier und authentischer wirkte, wohl ermutigt durch den herzlichen Beifall, ist mehr als verständlich. Mit seinen gut dreißig Lebensjahren und seinen wirklich reichen Anlagen hat Benjamin Appl alle Voraussetzungen für eine schöne Karriere. Und dass er gern wieder zur Schubertiade käme, hat er mit seiner ersten Zugabe „Wiedersehen“ zum Ausdruck gebracht, die zweite war „Die Taubenpost“. Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung
Da die Schubertiade immer auch nach jungen Stimmen sucht, kann man hier eine Entdeckung machen: zum Beispiel den 31-jährigen Bariton Benjamin Appl an der Seite von Altmeister Graham Johnson. Man hat den jungen Regensburger, der als „Domspatz“ seine erste Ausbildung erhielt, auch schon als Meisterschüler von Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Schwarzenberg erlebt, Meisterkurse unter anderem bei der Lied-Akademie von Thomas Hampson in Heidelberg begleiten seine noch junge Karriere. Das Debüt bei der Schubertiade war vielversprechend: eine kultivierte, farbenreiche Stimme mit feinem Piano in der hohen Lage, schöne Linien, gute Sprache, dezente Mimik und Körpersprache – manches Mal würde man sich sogar wünschen, der Sänger würde mehr aus sich herausgehen. Selbst lange Strophenlieder wie das „Lied im Grünen“ weiß Appl abwechslungsreich zu gestalten, und große Reife und Ausdruckstiefe vermittelt der Sänger in den philosophisch angelegten Liedern. Gegensätzliches singt er überzeugend, anderes bringt er in wunderbarer unsentimentaler Schlichtheit.

Since the Schubertiade always also looks for young voices, one can make a discovery here: for example, the 31-year-old baritone Benjamin Appl alongside the great master Graham Johnson. One has already experienced the young singer from Regensburg (who received his first education as a ‘Domspatz’ [Cathedral Choir-boy]) as a masterclass student of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Schwarzenberg, and other master classes accompany his young career, for example at the Lied Academy of Thomas Hampson in Heidelberg. The debut at the Schubertiade was auspicious: a cultivated, colorful voice with fine piano in the high register, beautiful phrasing, good diction, restrained facial expressions and body language.... Even in long strophic songs such as the ‘Lied im Grünen’ Appl knows how to vary moods, and the singer conveys great maturity and depth of expression in philosophically imbued songs. Songs with wide emotional contrasts he sings convincingly; others he delivers with a wonderfully unsentimental simplicity.
Schwäbische Zeitung

Purcell

Dido and Aeneas

Aldeburgh Festival

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

Mozart

Le nozze di Figaro (Count)

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Appl has a wonderfully expressive baritone voice and I look forward to hearing it in the more youthful role of Owen Wingrave at GSMD later this year. His Count was tall, slim and attractive with a wonderfully plausible manner when it came to dealing with the ladies, he also had the ability to turn on a pin with his emotions which is just right for this character. He was very seductive and in many ways quite brilliant. planethugill.com
The pairings of the principal couples were well-matched, though it was the Count of Benjamin Appl that dominated proceedings; he gave a superb characterisation, the alpha-male, and despite finally receiving his comeuppance, he still held the stage. Appl is an imposing presence, and he made a believable action-man, keeping the buffo aspects in check. Classical Source