GRAMMY® WINNER
“Best Classical Solo Vocal Album”
Debuted at #5, Billboard Classical Chart (April 2018)
Debuted at #3, iTunes Classical (April 2018)

“Elegant and heartfelt… rendered with stylishness and easy grace.”
–SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Sulayman [has] a lucid, velvety tenor and pop-star charisma…. Under Sorrell’s spirited direction, Apollo’s Fire provides devil-may-care virtuosity.”
–BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

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Apollo’s Fire’s 11th album to hit the Top 10 on Billboard Classical!
Karim Sulayman’s debut solo album with renowned period-instrument ensemble Apollo’s Fire is a journey through love and redemption. The timeless myth of Orpheus, the great singer who stormed the gates of hell to rescue his beloved, comes to life through the songs of 17th-c. composers Monteverdi, Caccini, Landi, and d’India. Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire instrumentalists interweave sonatas to evoke the changing moods of the Orpheus story.


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“Elegant and heartfelt… rendered with stylishness and easy grace.”
–SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Sulayman [has] a lucid, velvety tenor and pop-star charisma…. Under Sorrell’s spirited direction, Apollo’s Fire provides devil-may-care virtuosity.”
–BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

“Orpheus brought to blazing life… emotional engagement and technical aplomb”
–EARLY MUSIC AMERICA MAGAZINE

“Immediacy and heat… Sulayman and Apollo’s Fire get to the inner fire of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Apt pacing and orchestral color under Sorrell gets to the heart of the matter – the grief-torn heart of Orpheus.”
–OPERA NEWS (Critic’s Choice, July 2018)

“Sulayman has a wonderfully resonant voice, and contributes a sense of personal involvement with the story of Orpheus, mythology’s most famous vocalist. The instrumental sonatas relate vividly to the story.”

–ALLMUSIC.COM