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Bryan Hymel makes house and role debut in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Anna Bolena

news-item-2Next month, Bryan Hymel makes two notable debuts in Chicago: In addition to making his debut at the city’s Lyric Opera, the American tenor will also sing the role of Percy in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena for the first time.

The first installment of the composer’s famed Tudor trilogy, Anna Bolena places Bryan’s Percy in a central love triangle opposite Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role and John Relyea as Henry VIII. Jamie Barton also stars as Jane Seymour. Performances take place December 6 through January 16.

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Bryan Hymel brings “power and intensity” to New Orleans Opera “Carmen”

bh-carmen-nolaThis past weekend earned further accolades for Bryan Hymel, who opened the New Orleans Opera’s 2014-15 season as Don José in Carmen in performances on October 10 and 12. The American tenor was praised for “plaintive singing [which] mirrored his plight with power and intensity” by the New Orleans Advocate. The Advocate added that Bryan offered “a Don José that can go toe-to-toe with the best of them. As the loved-then-rejected innocent who is hopelessly seduced by Carmen’s charms, Hymel convincingly spiraled downward from a proud soldier to an insanely jealous and deranged murderer.”

“Tenor Bryan Hymel, who has grown to become one of the brightest stars of his generation, is a virile and passionate Don Jose,” wrote the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “With a searing sensuality…Hymel’s vocal range just seems to get better and better, and his voice has a remarkably durable power that never flags throughout the night. He sings with a smooth fluidity, brilliantly shown in his ‘Flower Song’ of the second act, while showing a vigorous top voice that maintains an elegant tone while slamming to the farthest reaches of the theater.”

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Bryan opens New Orleans Opera season as Don José

bh-carmenThis weekend, Bryan Hymel sings Don José in the New Orleans Opera Association’s production of Carmen. The American tenor returns to his hometown following an acclaimed run of La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera, where he was described by the New York Observer as “one of the Met’s most promising young stars…his phrasing is generous and romantic, and his top B-flats and C’s as brilliant as fireworks. He’s an unusually sympathetic actor, too.”

In Louisiana, Bryan stars opposite his wife, soprano Irini Kyriakidou, as Micaela, bass Oren Gradus as Escamillo, and mezzo-soprano Géraldine Chauvet in the title role. The production opens the New Orleans Opera’s 2014-15 season.

 

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