Bryan brings “an astonishing sound” to ‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Metropolitan Opera


American tenor Bryan Hymel’s return to the Metropolitan Opera as B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly has proven to be as auspicious as his surprise debut with the company in 2012’s Les Troyens.

As Puccini’s antihero, Bryan “brought an astonishing sound to the role of the American sailor Pinkerton,” according to the New York Classical Review. “Bright, clear, huge, this is a high-octane voice capable of taking on some of the most demanding roles in the Italian rep. He nailed every single one of his high notes without a blemish on Thursday, with power to spare.”

The New York Times added, “Bryan Hymel was vocally assured as the thoughtlessly callous Pinkerton, singing with a robust tenor and ringing top notes.”

Madama Butterfly continues at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday, January 20. Bryan can be heard in the production through February 1.

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Bryan Hymel to make his San Francisco Opera debut in the 2014-15 season


Following acclaimed performances in Berlioz’s Les Troyens at London’s Royal Opera House and New York’s Metropolitan Opera, American tenor Bryan Hymel will bring his “impassioned and confident performance of a heroic role” (the New York Times) to San Francisco Opera.

Revisiting David McVicar’s production from Covent Garden, Hymel will star as Trojan warrior Aeneas opposite his Metropolitan Opera castmate Susan Graham as Dido. His costar from the Royal Opera House, Anna Caterina Antonacci, returns to the role of Cassandra, sharing the role with Daveda Karanas. American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is also heard as Anna. Donald Runnicles conducts performances running from June 7 to July 1, 2015.

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.

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