Rising dramatic tenor Limmie Pulliam has thrilled audiences with his captivating stage presence and his “stentorian, yet beautiful,” sound.
On December 17th, 2022, Pulliam made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Radamès in Aida, which also served as his role debut. He later performs Radamès with Tulsa Opera for their 75th anniversary gala concert. Elsewhere during the season, he returns to The Cleveland Orchestra for his first performances as Dick Johnson in Puccini's La fanciulla del West, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, and also debuts the role of the Prince in Rusalka with Portland Opera. In concert, he debuts with the San Diego Symphony singing Verdi’s Requiem, and makes his Carnegie Hall debut performing “The Ordering of Moses” in collaboration with Oberlin Conservatory, his alma mater. He also joins pianist Mark Markham for “operatic greatest hits” concerts and spiritual recitals with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and Delta Symphony.
Mr. Pulliam’s 2021-2022 season included his company and role debut with Los Angeles Opera as Manrico in Il Trovatore. He additionally made two significant orchestra debuts, singing the title role in Otello with The Cleveland Orchestra and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézét-Seguin. He joined Vashon Opera as Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Otello with Livermore Valley Opera, and appeared in concert with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for a night of opera’s greatest hits, and the Memphis Symphony for their rescheduled Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. During the summer, he joined Madison Opera for their widely popular Opera in the Park concert, and the Bard Music Festival as Albert in Rachmaninoff’s rarely-performed The Miserly Knight, led by Leon Botstein.
In the 2020-2021 COVID-affected season, Mr. Pulliam’s original engagements included his role debut as Florestan in Fidelio with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (cancelled), and a return to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as the tenor soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (cancelled). During the shortened 2019-2020 season, he appeared with the Springfield Regional Opera for their 40thAnniversary Gala (performed), and made his debut with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (performed) for a gala concert. Additionally, he was slated to debut the role of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Vashon Opera (cancelled), as well as join the Newport Music Festival during the summer for a concert of Verdi selections (cancelled).
Other notable operatic engagements include Otello for Maryland Opera’s Verdi in the Valley Gala, Springfield Regional Opera, Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, covering the title role for Canadian Opera Company, and Canio in I Pagliacci with Vashon Opera.
An in-demand concert artist, he has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. He also made a much-anticipated return appearance with Vashon Opera where he was featured in a sold-out Limmie Pulliam & Friends concert. He has also joined The National Opera Association’s 2016 convention to honor of their Lifetime Achievement Award recipient George Shirley, and appeared 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. Mr. Pulliam has been featured in numerous appearances with the internationally renowned chorale Gloriae Dei Cantores, as tenor soloist (Ahab/Obadiah) in Mendelssohn’s Elijah as well as in concerts featuring Intimations of Immortality and For St. Cecelia by Gerald Finzi. 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.