Rising dramatic tenor Limmie Pulliam has thrilled audiences with his captivating stage presence and his “stentorian, yet beautiful,” sound. Original engagements during the COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season include appearances with Springfield Regional Opera for their 40th Anniversary Gala, a foray in his signature role of Otello and his debut with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Future seasons will include his debut with Santa Fe Opera.
Counted among his appearances in the 2018-19 season were debuts with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Missouri) in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, the world premiere of Nicholas White’s Immortality with the Concord Chorale in celebration of their 50th Anniversary season, and a company debut as Otello in Maryland Opera’s Verdi in the Valley Gala. Most recently, Mr. Pulliam joined the roster of the Canadian Opera Company covering the title role of Otello for their production of Verdi’s masterpiece.
The 2017-18 season included several debuts beginning with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, and his company debut with Springfield Regional Opera as the title character in Verdi’s Otello. He also made a much-anticipated return appearance with Vashon Opera where he was featured in a sold-out Limmie Pulliam & Friends concert.
The 2016-17 season saw his debuts as a guest artist with Arkansas’ Delta Symphony Orchestra and appearances as one of The 3 Holiday Tenors with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. His season also included an acclaimed role and house debut as Canio in I Pagliacci with Vashon Opera. He appeared as a special guest at The National Opera Association’s 2016 convention in Indianapolis, IN to honor of their Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 2015 National Medal of Arts honoree, legendary tenor George Shirley. The highlight of his season was his festival debut with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice in his first foray as the title character in Verdi’s masterpiece, Otello.
Mr. Pulliam’s other recent engagements include performances with The Concord Chorale as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and the tenor soloist in Stainer’s Resurrection with New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages, Florida. Mr. Pulliam has been featured in numerous appearances with the internationally renowned chorale Gloriae Dei Cantores, as tenor soloist (Ahab/Obadiah) in an original language presentation of Mendelssohn’s Elijah as well as in concerts featuring Intimations of Immortality and For St. Cecilia by Gerald Finzi. He has also presented concerts featuring Negro Spirituals with The Concord Chorale. He appeared as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Forum Sinfonia Orchestra of Finland and soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the San Angelo Symphony. Mr. Pulliam was also a featured soloist on The American Spiritual Ensemble’s 2013 Winter Tour.
The Missouri native trained with the late renowned pedagogue Richard Miller. He is also a former participant in the young artist programs of Cleveland Opera, Opera Delaware and Opera Memphis. He was the 2012 Artist Division Winner of the National Opera Association’s Vocal Competition and, in 2013, was a winner in the 3rd Annual Concorso Internazionale di Canto della Fondazione Marcello Giordano in Catania, Sicily.
Gloriae dei Cantores – Elijah
As Ahab, Obadiah, and soloist, redoubtable tenor Limmie Pulliam, large of stature and stentorian of tone, projected ringing avowals in clear German.
Lee Eiseman, Boston Musical-Intelligencer