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Bryan Hymel dubbed “new king of the high Cs” with release of Héroïque

cdq310c CD Label EuropeIn response to the recent release of Héroïque, Bryan Hymel’s debut solo album, NPR proclaimed, “Pavarotti, roll over. There’s a new king of the high Cs,” adding that “Hymel’s voice is rare these days: a combination of Wagnerian muscle and bel canto refinement, comfortable in the stratospheric register… strong enough to soar above a full orchestra and suave enough for sweet-toned love scenes.… This is why we listen to opera!”

The New Orleans-born tenor is earning consistent acclaim for his debut on Warner Classics. The New Yorker wrote, “The emergence of a first-rate tenor is always a cause for celebration, but Hymel’s rare gift for singing the French ‘heroic’ repertory—which demands a unique mixture of power, refinement, and technical flexibility in the highest vocal register—makes him doubly valuable.”

“If Hymel didn’t exist, as the old adage goes, it would be necessary to invent him,” noted Presto Classical. “What makes Hymel stand out is that he’s endowed with an almost freakish combination of vocal qualities which hardly ever come together in one singer.… He opens with an extended scene from Guillaume Tell, which lies murderously high even by Rossini standards; the handful of tenors who sing it at all tend to be light bel canto specialists, but the visceral thrill of hearing a voice with Hymel’s full-bodied heroic ‘ring’ scaling the heights is really quite something.” Opera Magazine named Héroïque its album of the month and wrote “It’s hard to imagine that any fan of French repertory will not want this very exciting, unhackneyed CD by Bryan Hymel.” ForumOpera.com concluded, “Bryan Hymel appartient à cette glorieuse lignée de guerriers intrépides, l’aigu imparable, les forces inépuisables.”

Click here to add Héroïque to your collection.

 

Bryan returns to The Dallas Opera for La Bohème

bhbohemeOn March 13, Bryan Hymel returns to the Dallas Opera to reprise the role of Rodolfo in La Bohème. The American tenor most recently sang Puccini’s poet at The Metropolitan Opera and here stars opposite Ana María Martínez as Mimì under the baton of Riccardo Frizza. Together, they star in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s classic production, directed in revival by Peter Kazaras through March 29.

Bryan made his Dallas debut as Edgardo in the company’s 2012 production of Lucia di Lammermoor, a performance for which he earned a nomination for the company’s Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year award.

Héroïque, Bryan’s debut album, now available on Warner Classics

81iZxjb8eRL._SX450_Bryan Hymel’s debut solo album, Héroïque, is now available on Warner Classics. With conductor Emmanuel Villaume and the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, the American tenor shows off his flair for French repertoire with a recording that includes arias from Guillaume Tell, Les Vêpres Siciliennes, L’Africaine, and La damnation de Faust.

Now available internationally, the album will be released next Tuesday, February 24, in the United States and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.

Click here to order Héroïque.

Click here to watch the trailer for Héroïque, which includes a look at the recording process, completed last summer in Prague.

 

Bryan Hymel joins Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse for Berlioz Requiem

Bryan_Hymell-9911-Edit-2_0American tenor Bryan Hymel returns to music of Berlioz on February 5 when he joins the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse for the composer’s massive Requiem. Under the baton of conductor Tugan Sokhiev and the Orfeón Donostiarra choir at the Halle aux Grains and will be transmitted live on medici.tv beginning at 8 p.m. local time. Click here to tune in.

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