Bryan Hymel Sings Verdi’s Requiem at the Edinburgh International Festival

hymel-web-edinburghThis week, tenor Bryan Hymel joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and for a performance of Verdi’s epic Requiem on August 31. Led by noted expert Donald Runnicles, the performance also features the vocal talents of soprano Erin Wall, mezzo Karen Cargill, and bass Eric Owens. The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The event closes the Edinburgh International Festival’s 2013 concert series at Usher Hall and pays tribute to Verdi in his bicentennial year. Bryan’s schedule continues in the fall with more Verdi when he returns to the Royal Opera House in London for Les Vêpres Siciliennes.

Bryan Hymel Stars in Roger Waters’s Ça Ira with the Gothenburg Symphony

caira-thumbBryan Hymel adds a new work to his repertoire this week with Ça Ira, a work by Pink Floyd bassist and vocalist Roger Waters.

Set in the early days of the French Revolution, Ça Ira (“It’ll be fine”) takes its name from an emblematic song of the historical period, first heard in May of 1790. Initially conceived in 1989—the bicentennial of the French Revolution—the work had its complete premiere in Rome in 2005, with a recording featuring Bryn Terfel and Paul Groves released in the same year.

The latest performance on August 13 at the Götaplatsen in Gothenburg, Sweden, marks the fifth outing of Waters’s opera. Bryan appears as one of the work’s soloists in a number of roles, starring alongside soprano Sally Matthews, tenor Rickard Söderberg, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and bass Oren Gradus. Rick Wentworth leads the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Choir. For more information, click here.

Bryan Hymel’s “Amazing” and Award-Winning Robert le Diable Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray

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Bryan Hymel’s star turn at the Royal Opera House as the eponymous hero in Robert le Diable can now be owned on DVD and Blu-ray. The American tenor’s acclaimed account of this grand Meyerbeer rarity was in part responsible for his winning the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera; the Guardian also described it as “amazing” and performed “with tremendous panache and stamina.”

Directed by Laurent Pelly, this 2012 production marked the first time in 120 years that the opera was seen at Covent Garden. Also starring Patrizia Ciofi as Isabelle, John Relyea as Bertram, and Marina Poplavskaya as Alice, the video recording is available on Opus Arte.

Previously, Bryan starred opposite Ciofi in an audio recording of the work, captured live in Salerno, and released on Brilliant Classics earlier this year.

Bryan Hymel Makes Salzburg Festival Debut

594px-Haus-for-mozart-3After his recent successes in Austria with Elina Garanca and Friends: Music Under the Stars, Bryan Hymel makes his Salzburg Festival Debut in Walter Braunfels’s Jeanne d’Arc on August 1. Known officially as “Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna,” this concert performance features Bryan as the Archangel Michael, one of the divine voices that spoke to the French maid-turned-soldier. The piece is based on the court records of the 1431 heresy trial that ultimately led to Joan of Arc’s execution at the stake.

Bryan stars opposite soprano Juliane Banse as Joan and tenor Pavol Breslik as Charles of Valois. Manfred Honeck leads the soloists, as well as the Salzburg Bach Choir, thee Salzburger Festival and Theater Children’s Choir, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. The performance comes part of a larger resurgence of the works of German composer Walter Braunfels, who ranked with Richard Strauss as one of the most successful composers of the Weimar Republic but who quickly fell into obscurity following his death in 1954.

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