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12/01/2019 – Another New York Times Review

Benjamin has been celebrated in New York for the performance of all three published Schubert cycles by audience and press. Read here another review for his Winterreise in The New York Times.Read more…

08/01/2019 – WNYC Live

For WNYC Benjamin records live in their studios and speaks about his recitals in New York City. Read more…

07/01/2019 – New York Times

The New York Times reviewed Benjamin‘s professional US debut. Read more…

03/01/2019 – US Recital Tour

See you soon, friends in the US! I can’t wait for my first ever US recital tour, with concerts in NYC, Portland OR, New Orleans, Cleveland, and Washington DC, joined by the incredible pianist James Baillieu! Read more…

19/12/2018 – Benjamin on TV

See Benjamin Appl appearing live on German National TV ZDF performing two arias by Bach for the Morgenmagazin. Watch here.

01/12/2018 – Benjamin at Osaka Castle Hall

Benjamin performs Mahler Rückert Lieder as well as Bernstein Songs with Maestro Yutaka Sado in front of 16,000 people at Osaka Castle Hall.

07/09/18 – The New Album is out on 7 September 2018

Together with the early music ensemble Concerto Köln, the young baritone now presents his new solo album featuring selections from Bach’s highly varied cantata output. You can order the new disc here.

30/07/18 – Financial Times

Benjamin is featured in a big article for Financial Times talking about his life as a singer, his ideas and convictions. Read more…

30/03/18 – The Songs of Brahms 7

Benjamin is delighted to announce the release of a new recording with Brahms songs. This CD is part of Graham Johnson‘s all Brahms Lieder project and was recorded for Hyperion records. Available from now. Read more…


Benjamin has been awarded the ‘Orphée d’or’ as best interpreter for Lieder in Paris. His first Sony Classical album ‘HEIMAT’ was nominated by the french ’L’Académie du disque lyrique’ and the jury gave him the ‘Prix Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’. This particularly means a lot to Benjamin.

14/2/2018 – Benjamin visits India

After performing in Mumbai in November 2016 Benjamin returns for an extended Indian tour to perform five different recital programmes. One highlight will be the collaboration with the Symphony Orchestra of India singing Mahler‘s ‘Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen‘. Another interesting collaboration and musical infusion can be watched here.

3/12/2017 – ZDF Advent concert with Benjamin Appl, Diana Damrau and Christian Thielemann

Baroque splendor and festive music in one of the most beautiful churches in Germany: With this, the Advent concert from the Frauenkirche in Dresden will also be in tune with the pre-Christmas season this year. The brilliant concert will feature soprano Diana Damrau and young international career-making baritone Benjamin Appl. The musical director of the concert is Christian Thielemann. The German TV station ZDF will broadcast the concert on 3 December at 6 pm. Click here for more information

26/11/2017 – HEIMAT IST EIN LIED 

Benjamin Appl met the journalist Jennifer Wilton and talked to her about how he became a singer, his career, the German ’Lied’ and many other things. Read this very personal portrait which was published in the great German Sunday newspaper ‘Die Welt am Sonntag’ here.

06/11/2017 – Benjamin Appl and Graham Johnson jumping in for Christiane Karg

After the great sucess at the Wigmore Hall in october, Benjamin and Graham have the unexpected chance to perform their great programme “Lieder vom Orient – Songs from the East” in Detmold/Germany. Together they explore the influence of the orient on Romantic poetry and song.

For more information click here…

22/10/2017- Benjamin Appl mal in der Rolle des Moderators

Im Rahmen der inzwischen legendären Reihe „Klassik-Pop-et cetera“ auf Deutschlandfunk würde der Sänger eingeladen, seine Musik vorzustellen und die Sendung komplett zu moderieren. Hören Sie hier nochmals nach.

08/17/2017 – Recital with Pavel Kolesnikov

Did you miss Benjamin’s broadcast of his recital with Pavel Kolesnikov at the Edinburgh International Festival on BBC Radio 3? It’s now available on BBC3 iPlayer for 30 days. click here…

04/04/2017 – New Album out now

Benjamin Appl is part of the new SONY CLASSICAL album featuring a world premiere recording of a late work by Telemann. The Reformation oratorio was composed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Peace of Augsburg in 1555 discovered by Reinhard Goebel, conductor and founder of Musica Antiqua Cologne. For more information click here…

04/24/2017 – Documentary “Zurück zum Kunstlied”

Are you curious to see photos of Benjamin’s childhood and some backstage impressions? Watch the documentary ’Zurück zum Kunstlied’ of the German television broadcaster NDR about Benjamin’s life here.

03/26/2017 – Announcing Benjamin Appl’s new newsletter.

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03/13/2017 – HEIMAT out now!

Benjamin Appl’s first solo album with SONY Classical was released on March 2017.
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28/01/2017 – Benjamin was invited to German Radio Talkshow

Listen to the podcast of the talkshow „Meine Musik“ of the Bayerische Rundfunk when Benjamin is talking with Falk Häfner about his life as a singer, his favorite music and more. click here…

15/09/2016 – Benjamin Appl wins Gramophone Magazine’s “Young Artist of the Year” award 2016

The Gramophone Awards, referred to as the ‘Oscars for classical music‘, are regarded as the most influential and prestigious classical music awards in the world. Benjamin was selected by the jury and the Gramophone Magazin as „Young Artist of the Year“. read more…

31/08/2016 – IMG Artists signs Benjamin Appl for General Management

Benjamin is delighted to announce that he has joined IMG Artists for General Management under the care of Stefania Almansi. Benjamin is absolutely thrilled to be supported by her and IMG and feels truly confident that he is in very best hands. read more…

23/05/2016 – Benjamin Appl has signed a long-term exclusive contract with Sony Classical

Benjamin’s first album for Sony Classical will be released in early 2017 and will feature songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Grieg and a number of English composers. For more information click here.

01/04/2016 – Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu talk about the new CD launch

Benjamin’s debut solo CD ‘Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten‘ focuses on settings of words by German poet Heinrich Heine, with lieder by Grieg, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Rubinstein, Schubert and Schumann. James Baillieu and Benjamin met each other to talk about the disc and other things.  watch part 1 here | watch part 2 here | watch part 3 here

11/01/2016 – Today Benjamin Appl replaces Luca Pisaroni at such short notice at Wigmore Hall

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Luca Pisaroni and Wolfram Rieger are no longer able to take part in this concert. Therefore Benjamin gets the chance to perform a third concert within one week at Wigmore Hall and will present an wonderful all Schubert programme together with Jonathan Ware (piano).

For tickets and more information click here.

03/01/2016 – Today live from Wigmore Hall in London, baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist Graham Johnson perform songs by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Pfitzner and Wolf.

Join the fabulous pianist Graham Johnson and Benjamin at 1.00 pm for a lunchtime concert at Wigmore Hall. It’s a great and quite unusual programme with settings by Eichendorff, put into music by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Pfitzner and Wolf. If you’re not around, you can also listen live on BBC Radio 3.

click here for the iPlayer  (30 days left to listen)

10/12/2015 – Today live on BBC Radio 3: J. S. Bach – Christmas Oratorio

Listen live at 2.00 pm to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers in 5 of the Cantatas from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, live from Glasgow City Halls with a great cast: Rosemary Joshua (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor), Benjamin Appl (baritone) and David Hill (conductor).

click here for the iPlayer (30 days left to listen)

29/10/2015 – ECHO Rising Star Benjamin Appl starts his concert tour across concert halls in Europe

Benjamin Appl was nominated by the Barbican Centre London as an ECHO Rising Star and will start his 17-stop European tour today in London including a group of Schubert songs, a cycle by Grieg and the world premier of a new commission work by Nico Muhly. During the ECHO tour Benjamin will be accompanied by two of the UK’s leading song pianists, James Baillieu and Gary Matthewman. The ECHO tour will take them between October 2015 and July 2016 to venues including the Barbican (London), Bozar (Belgium), Philharmonie de Paris (France), The Sage Gateshead (UK), Konzerthaus Dortmund (Germany), Laeiszhalle (Germany), Gulbenkian Grand Auditorium (Portugal), Stockholms Konserthus (Sweden), Birmingham Town Hall (UK), Philharmonie (Luxembourg), Wiener Konzerthaus (Austria), Müpa (Budapest), Fundação Casa da Música (Portugal), Palau de la Musica Catalana (Barcelona), Philharmonie Cologne (Germany), Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Germany).

You would like to come to Benjamin’s first concert tonight at Milton Court Concert Hall / Barbican Centre at 7.00 pm? You’ll get more informations and tickets here.

To watch the video, when Benjamin is talking about his ECHO tour, please click here.

03/09/2015 – BBC Proms debut with Brahms and Orff

On 1st of September Benjamin Appl made his Proms debut with the Orchestra of Enlightenment conducted by Marin Alsop at the Royal Albert Hall. Benjamin performed Brahms‘ Triumphlied (op. 55) with the Choir of Enlightenment. You can hear that performance on BBC iPlayer. click here

Benjamin will come back to the Proms on 6th of September to sing Orff‘s Carmina Burana with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus and the London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Keith Lockhart. For more information click here…

29/08/2015 – Benjamin is a studio guest at BBC2 Show „Proms Extra“

The weekly Proms magazin invited Benjamin Appl to replace Maria João Pires on the sofa for BBC Proms Extra. There is also a live performance of Schubert’s Die Forelle at the end of the show. It is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer. click here

16/08/2015 – Benjamin Appl is now on Facebook and Twitter. 

We’re excited to announce that Benjamin now has an official Facebook page. He’ll be sharing news and events, posting videos, and more. If you’d like to get involved, please visit his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter.

We hope to see you there!

29/06/2015 – Radio Broadcast of the recital at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg with Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Radio ORF Ö1 will broadcast the Schubert recital from 21st of June at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg on Wednesday, 1st of July at 7.30pm (CET). For more information click here.

<<click here for the webradio of ORF Ö1>>

19/06/2015 – Schubertiade Schwarzenberg: Cast change for Sunday, 21 June,  8.00 pm

Benjamin has agreed to step in for Markus Werba and perform an all Schubert programme with Malcolm Martineau (piano) which features a major part of the originally announced lieder. For more information and detailed programme click here…

23/03/2015 – Live Broadcast from Wigmore Hall

On Friday, 27th of March at 7.30 pm, Benjamin returns to Wigmore Hall for a complete Schubert recital with Graham Johnson.  BBC Radio 3 will broadcast this performances live from Wigmore Hall. More info and tickets here…

<<click here for BBC Radio 3 live broadcast>>

17/02/2015 – New CD Release

In October 2013 Benjamin Appl recorded the four Schumann’s Harper songs from Op. 98a and two duets together with Dame Ann Murray, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau. These songs are part of a Lieder album of Dame Ann Murray, who is one of the great singers of the past decades, and this release will be her final Lieder recording. The disc also includes duets with John Mark Ainsley (tenor) and Johnny Langridge (tenor) and Hester Dickson at the piano. click here…

13/01/2015 – BBC New Generation Artist Benjamin Appl talks about…

…how he began his career and what it takes to lead the life of a professional singer. click here…

31/12/2014 – Benjamin Appl on BBC Radio 3 with Schumann’s Liederkreis op. 24

In September, Benjamin was joined by pianist Joseph Middleton to record this masterpiece by Schumann and Heine at the BBC Studios at Maida Vale. This broadcasting is still available on BBC Radio 3’s website till the end of January. (The cycle starts after a short Beau soir by Debussy for violin and piano) click here…

26/12/2014 – Schubert‘s Winterreise live on BBC Radio 3

Benjamin Appl appears on BBC Radio 3 with a complete performance of Schubert’s Winterreise, which he has recorded at Maida Vale Studios for the BBC as their New Generation Artist in December 2014. Together with pianist Joseph Middleton he can be heard on Boxing Day, 26/12/2014, around 18.30. Further you can listen to Benjamin Appl performing Schubert’s Harper songs on December 25 2014 at 17.45 and Schumann’s Liederkreis op 24 on December 31 2014 at 17.45. All three appearances will be also available to listen to shortly after broadcasting. click here…

10/09/2014 – Benjamin Appl is a BBC New Generation Artist 2014-2016  

BBC Radio 3’s drive-time show In Tune on Wednesday 10 September 2014 announced BBC Radio 3’s 2014 New Generation Artists – six artists from around the globe that BBC Radio 3 believes will be the classical music stars of the future. Benjamin Appl was chosen as one of them.

The New Generation Artists scheme was founded in 1999 by Radio 3 to promote talented performers early in their careers through broadcasts, recording opportunities, performances with the BBC Orchestras and chamber collaborations with fellow New Generation Artists. read more…

08/08/2014 – German baritone Benjamin Appl will be an ECHO Rising Stars artist for the 2015/16 season  

Each year the European Concert Hall Organisation selects a group of outstanding artists to become its Rising Stars. The selected artists are offered unparalleled performance opportunities to present musical programmes of their choosing in the major concert halls of Europe. The focus of the series is musical excellence; the artists presented in the series are the best in their chosen field and are hand-selected by the Artistic Directors of our member halls. Benjamin Appl is nominated as an ECHO Rising Star by the Barbican Centre London. read more…