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.”

Photo: Tom Grosscup