Critics hail Hymel’s “splendid Lyric debut” in Chicago Anna Bolena

The American tenor Bryan Hymel has made a “splendid” house and role debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena as the legendary queen’s first love, Lord Richard Percy (Chicago Tribune). For John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune, “Hymel’s voice stood revealed as a tenor of impressively heroic strength, sweetness and style, easily inhabiting the high tessitura. Let’s have Hymel back.”

Chicago Classical Review echoed this sentiment, writing that “Hymel displayed a gleaming tenor, throwing off clarion high C’s and bringing firm dramatic conviction to his confrontation with Henry.”

Performances of Anna Bolena continue at Lyric Opera of Chicago through January 15.