Summer Highlights include SF Opera Les Troyens and Rigoletto in Santa Fe

bh-troyensOn the heels of the release of his critically acclaimed Warner Classics album Héroïque, Bryan Hymel will make his San Francisco Opera debut in Berlioz’s Les Troyens. Bryan reprises his signature role of Aeneas, which he performed with “unflagging stamina and impetuous abandon” at the Metropolitan Opera in 2012 (The New York Times). The production, conducted by Donald Runnicles and directed by David McVicar, runs from June 7 to July 1, and also stars Susan Graham, Ana Caterina Antonacci, Michaela Martens, Sasha Cooke, Brian Mulligan, Christian Van Horn, and René Barbera.

The American tenor will then be heard at the Santa Fe Opera in Rigoletto from July 4 to August 28. Bryan returns to Santa Fe where he made his house debut in 2011 as the title role in Gounod’s Faust. 

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Bryan Hymel enjoys further acclaim for Héroïque


Bryan Hymel highlights his range of skill and musical depth in his debut Warner Classics album Héroïque, which continues to generate critical acclaim. The Observer writes that the American tenor “is capable of more than just feats of strength, finding romantic desperation in the prison scene from Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes and tragic dignity in ‘Inutiles regrets’ from Berlioz’s Les Troyens…[A]rtists like Mr. Hymel are the wave of the future.”

Sinfini Music adds, “If Hymel had been born a generation earlier we might have had The Four Tenors. That’s how good he is. And while the American may have missed out on that particular mother lode, he’s well on the way to present-day supremacy in the kind of repertoire that Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti once favoured.”

“With a voice that soars to startling highs and an ease in taking new roles, tenor Bryan Hymel has quickly found himself in the league of top opera stars — and is pushing full speed ahead,” noted The Daily Mail. Classics Today concluded, “This is a major release by a major tenor with the type of voice we rarely get to hear.”

Bryan Hymel brings “power and sensitivity” to La Bohème in Dallas

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 5.51.22 PMAmerican tenor Bryan Hymel has earned further acclaim this week for his performance in the Dallas Opera’s La Bohème. As Rodolfo, Bryan’s “appealing fibrous tenor soars stirringly,” according to the Dallas Morning News. held praise for his “virile Italianate sound…somewhat creamier and smoother than the pure squillando.”

The Dallas Observer concurred, noting that “Hymel expresses [his ardor] with both power and sensitivity in the aria, ‘Che gelida manina.’” In praising the tenor’s “spectacular” voice, D Magazine added, “He has a naturally strong, gorgeous sound that is both powerful and rich.”

La Bohème continues at the Dallas Opera through March 29.


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