Bryan Hymel Makes Salzburg Festival Debut

594px-Haus-for-mozart-3After his recent successes in Austria with Elina Garanca and Friends: Music Under the Stars, Bryan Hymel makes his Salzburg Festival Debut in Walter Braunfels’s Jeanne d’Arc on August 1. Known officially as “Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna,” this concert performance features Bryan as the Archangel Michael, one of the divine voices that spoke to the French maid-turned-soldier. The piece is based on the court records of the 1431 heresy trial that ultimately led to Joan of Arc’s execution at the stake.

Bryan stars opposite soprano Juliane Banse as Joan and tenor Pavol Breslik as Charles of Valois. Manfred Honeck leads the soloists, as well as the Salzburg Bach Choir, thee Salzburger Festival and Theater Children’s Choir, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. The performance comes part of a larger resurgence of the works of German composer Walter Braunfels, who ranked with Richard Strauss as one of the most successful composers of the Weimar Republic but who quickly fell into obscurity following his death in 1954.