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A hat trick of landmark debuts this spring

BHBryan Hymel celebrates his spring with three landmark debuts. On March 21, the American tenor makes both his house and role debut in Opernhaus Zürich’s Les Contes d’Hoffmannstarring as the hapless and eponymous poet in Offenbach’s opus. Bryan can be heard under both Fabio Luisi and Patrick Furrer in performances that run through April 2.

Three days after the conclusion of Hoffmann in Zürich, Bryan heads to the Vienna Staatsoper for his house debut in Puccini’s Madama Butterflya role he recently sang to great acclaim at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Bryan stars as B.F. Pinkerton opposite Hui He’s Cio-Cio San on April 5, 9, and 14.

Finally, Bryan joins the Rotterdam Philharmonic on May 16 and 17. There, he performs Verdi’s monumental Requiem under the baton of music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

For more information on Bryan’s schedule, click here.

Bryan a “simply ideal Puccini interpreter” in Oper Frankfurt’s ‘Edgar’

Bryan_Hymell-5371-2Bryan Hymel’s concert appearance at Oper Frankfurt, in which he sings the title role of Puccini’s Edgar, has earned him the distinction of a “simply ideal Puccini interpreter,” according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “From the melancholy patina of Cavaradossi to the heroism of Calaf, he presented his range of expression and combined vocal power with the subtle art of characterization,” the newspaper went on to add, before deeming Bryan’s “an exceptional performance.”

Likewise, the Rhein Main’s Allgemeine Zeitung notes, “An abundance of steel and radiance is required by Puccini for the title role, which Bryan Hymel offered in polished overabundance.” Der Neue Merker added that Bryan “exuded vocal nuances and subtleties, infusing Puccini’s lyricism with liquid melodic tones and won the audience over with this magnificent vocal performance.”

“The Glamorous American Bryan Hymel was a storybook Italian tenor with infinite dynamism in reserve and an always-controlled, cultivated tone,” wrote Frankfurter Rundschau. “The Puccinian style has a beautiful future.”

Bryan stars in ‘La Bohème’ as part of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-15 season

met-bohemeFollowing critical and audience acclaim for his account of B.F. Pinkerton in this season’s Madama Butterfly, Bryan Hymel returns to the Metropolitan Opera at the onset of the company’s 2014-15 season to sing another Puccini role. The American tenor can be heard in the first cast of La Bohème, which opens on September 23.

Starring in Franco Zeffirelli’s much-loved production, Bryan can be heard opposite Ekaterina Scherbachenko as Mimì. Riccardo Frizza conducts.

Bryan stars in a concert performance of Puccini’s Edgar at Oper Frankfurt

HymeOn February 16 and 18, Bryan Hymel stars as the title character in Edgar at Oper Frankfurt. Singing in a concert performance of Puccini’s second and rarely-performed work, Bryan joins soprano Angela Meade, mezzo-soprano Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, and bass-baritone Kihwan Sim under the baton of Marc Soustrot.

Bryan’s previous operatic engagement this year was another Puccini work, Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera. Of that performance, the New York Observer wrote, “Mr. Hymel walked away with the show. His unorthodox, muscular voice commanded attention from the first conversational phrases, gaining authority as the music became more ardent.… At the end of his ‘Addio’ aria, the audience didn’t even wait for the music to finish before roaring its approval.”

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