Returning to the Metropolitan Opera for Pierre Audi’s new production of Guillaume Tell, Bryan Hymel performed the role of Arnold to great acclaim. Critics praised the American tenor’s performance of Rossini’s notoriously difficult role: “The tenor role of Arnold…is an arduous workout combining soaring lyrical effusions and heroic fervor. Bryan Hymel brings youthful impetuosity and impressive vocal stamina to the part” (The New York Times). Known for his powerful range, “the protean tenor Bryan Hymel pumped out muscular tone all night, nailing the high C’s and C-sharps that litter this score with vigor” (The Observer).
New York Classical Review applauded Bryan’s Arnold, which requires “a great deal of vocal weight,” continuing: “Bryan Hymel was more than up to the task, his bright, ringing tenor fitting the part beautifully and reaching up to its highest points with relative ease…his Act IV aria, ‘Asile héréditaire,’ was a brilliant highlight, a keen expression of grief that showed off his lyrical qualities and his trumpeting top.”
Bryan stars alongside Gerald Finley as the title character, Marina Rebeka as Mathilde, Janai Brugger as Jemmy, Maria Zifchak as Hedwige, Marco Spotti as Walter Furst, Kwangchul Youn in the role of Melcthal, and John Relyea as the Austrian governor Gesler.
Bryan can be seen in performances of Guillaume Tell at the Met on October 21, 25, 29, and November 5, 9, and 12.