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Rising tenor Limmie Pulliam has thrilled audiences with his captivating stage presence and his “stentorian, yet beautiful,” sound. The 2018-19 season included debuts with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s ‘Messa da Requiem,’ the world premiere of Nicholas White’s ‘Immortality’ with the Concord Chorale in celebration of their 50th season and a company debut as Otello in Maryland Opera’s Verdi in the Valley Gala. Most recently, Mr. Pulliam joined the Canadian Opera Company covering the title role for their production of Verdi’s Otello.
The 2017-18 season included several debuts including a debut 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 hi 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, Indiana to honor Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 2015 National Medal of Arts honoree, and 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 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. Cecelia' 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.