Bryan brings “an astonishing sound” to ‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Metropolitan Opera


American tenor Bryan Hymel’s return to the Metropolitan Opera as B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly has proven to be as auspicious as his surprise debut with the company in 2012’s Les Troyens.

As Puccini’s antihero, Bryan “brought an astonishing sound to the role of the American sailor Pinkerton,” according to the New York Classical Review. “Bright, clear, huge, this is a high-octane voice capable of taking on some of the most demanding roles in the Italian rep. He nailed every single one of his high notes without a blemish on Thursday, with power to spare.”

The New York Times added, “Bryan Hymel was vocally assured as the thoughtlessly callous Pinkerton, singing with a robust tenor and ringing top notes.”

Madama Butterfly continues at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday, January 20. Bryan can be heard in the production through February 1.

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