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Bryan Hymel returns to the Met to star in Madama Butterfly

600px-Metropolitan_Opera_3491661640_6255884783Following a wildly acclaimed house debut in 2012, tenor Bryan Hymel returns to the Metropolitan Opera this month to star in Madama Butterfly. Puccini’s verismo classic about a naïve Japanese geisha who marries a caddish American naval officer features Bryan as B.F. Pinkerton, starring opposite soprano Amanda Echalaz as Cio-Cio-San. Anthony Minghella’s lush production also includes Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki and Scott Hendricks as Sharpless.

French conductor Philippe Auguin conducts performances on January 16, 20, 24, 28, and February 1. For more information and tickets, click here.

A winter with Puccini in New York and Frankfurt

HymeThis January, Bryan Hymel returns to the Metropolitan Opera following his surprise debut in the company’s 2012 production of Les Troyens, a debut in which the New York Times praised his “impassioned and confident performance of a heroic role that dominates this formidable French opera.”

In his sophomore outing with the Met, Bryan sings the role of Puccini’s ardent antihero, Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in Madama ButterflyJanuary 16–February 1. Under the baton of Philippe Auguin, Bryan stars opposite Met debutant Amanda Echalaz as Cio-Cio San in Anthony Minghella’s lush and colorful production.

On February 16 and 18, Bryan sings another Puccini role as the title character the composer’s second opera, EdgarBryan performs the work in concert at Oper Frankfurt with conductor Marc Soustrot. Rounding out the opera’s central love triangle are Angela Meade as Fidelia and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Tigrana. For more on Bryan’s schedule, click here.

Now Available: Bryan Hymel in Les Troyens

$wm1_0x700_$_OA1097D_covThe Royal Opera House’s 2012 production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens is now available on DVD and Blu-ray on the Opus Arte label. Starring as Aeneas, Bryan Hymel was praised by the New York Times for his “bright muscular voice with clean top notes,” while Gramophone magazine dubbed the American tenor’s account of the demanding role “glorious.”

“We will be hearing a lot more of Hymel – he put me in mind of Vickers, his predecessor in the role,” added Gramophone. “And he carried the mantle of the Trojan hero with aplomb.”

In Berlioz’s epic five-act opera, Bryan stars opposite Eva-Maria Westbroek as Dido and Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra. Antonio Pappano conducts the production, directed by David McVicar.

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