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.

Bryan Hymel featured on Classical Singer magazine’s December cover

dec“What an audience gets, hearing a voice without amplification, it is a unique experience,” Bryan Hymel tells Classical Singer. The American tenor is featured on the magazine’s December 2014 cover in advance of his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and discusses heroic tenor repertoire, his early career as a singer, and the path to finding his voice.

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Bryan Hymel makes house and role debut in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Anna Bolena

news-item-2Next month, Bryan Hymel makes two notable debuts in Chicago: In addition to making his debut at the city’s Lyric Opera, the American tenor will also sing the role of Percy in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena for the first time.

The first installment of the composer’s famed Tudor trilogy, Anna Bolena places Bryan’s Percy in a central love triangle opposite Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role and John Relyea as Henry VIII. Jamie Barton also stars as Jane Seymour. Performances take place December 6 through January 16.

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