Bryan triumphs as Rodolfo at the Metropolitan Opera

bhbohemeIn his third appearance with the Metropolitan Opera, Bryan Hymel has earned further applause in New York for his portrayal of Rodolfo in La Bohème. The New York Times praised the American tenor, noting that his voice grew “more passionate while remaining refined. Its center of gravity is high…and it warmed through the evening.”

The New York Classical Review deemed Bryan “the biggest draw” of the production, adding that “he lived up to expectations with a world-class portrayal of the destitute poet.…Hymel sang beautifully and at times eloquently. His high-lying voice rang out with a smooth edge that enhanced the easy-going amiability of his characterization and his elegant musical phrasing inspired the other Bohemians to moments of delicacy and subtlety one doesn’t often experience in this work.”

Bachtrack concluded, “[Hymel’s] agonized cry of “Mimì! Mimì!” at the end of Act IV was devastating in both vocal beauty and heart-wrenching pain.”

La Bohème continues at the Metropolitan Opera through October 4.

(Photo: Cory Weaver/The Metropolitan Opera)