Bryan Hymel brings “power and intensity” to New Orleans Opera “Carmen”

bh-carmen-nolaThis past weekend earned further accolades for Bryan Hymel, who opened the New Orleans Opera’s 2014-15 season as Don José in Carmen in performances on October 10 and 12. The American tenor was praised for “plaintive singing [which] mirrored his plight with power and intensity” by the New Orleans Advocate. The Advocate added that Bryan offered “a Don José that can go toe-to-toe with the best of them. As the loved-then-rejected innocent who is hopelessly seduced by Carmen’s charms, Hymel convincingly spiraled downward from a proud soldier to an insanely jealous and deranged murderer.”

“Tenor Bryan Hymel, who has grown to become one of the brightest stars of his generation, is a virile and passionate Don Jose,” wrote the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “With a searing sensuality…Hymel’s vocal range just seems to get better and better, and his voice has a remarkably durable power that never flags throughout the night. He sings with a smooth fluidity, brilliantly shown in his ‘Flower Song’ of the second act, while showing a vigorous top voice that maintains an elegant tone while slamming to the farthest reaches of the theater.”

Photo: Tom Grosscup

Bryan opens New Orleans Opera season as Don José

bh-carmenThis weekend, Bryan Hymel sings Don José in the New Orleans Opera Association’s production of Carmen. The American tenor returns to his hometown following an acclaimed run of La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera, where he was described by the New York Observer as “one of the Met’s most promising young stars…his phrasing is generous and romantic, and his top B-flats and C’s as brilliant as fireworks. He’s an unusually sympathetic actor, too.”

In Louisiana, Bryan stars opposite his wife, soprano Irini Kyriakidou, as Micaela, bass Oren Gradus as Escamillo, and mezzo-soprano Géraldine Chauvet in the title role. The production opens the New Orleans Opera’s 2014-15 season.


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)

Bryan opens La bohème at Metropolitan Opera

600px-Metropolitan_Opera_3491661640_6255884783Bryan Hymel is heard in the first cast of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-15 season revival of La Bohème. The American tenor makes his house role debut as Puccini’s bohemian poet in Zeffirelli’s classic production on September 23, one day following the company’s opening night.

Riccardo Frizza conducts the performance that also stars Ekaterina Scherbachenko as Mimì, Myrtò Papatanasiu as Musetta, and Quinn Kelsey as Marcello. Click here for ticket information.


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