Bryan stars in Les Vêpres Siciliennes at Covent Garden

royal_opera_house_logoMaking his return to London’s Royal Opera House tenor Bryan Hymel stars opposite soprano Marina Poplavskaya and bass–baritone Erwin Schrott in Verdi’s stirring political drama Les Vêpres Siciliennes. Directed by Stefan Herheim in a co-production with the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen, these performances mark the opera’s first with the company.

In the role of Henri, a rebellious patriot in French-occupied Sicily, Bryan has several standout musical moments in Verdi’s epic work, including “La brise souffle au loin” and “O jour de peine.” The production is conducted by Antonio Pappano and will be broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of the Royal Opera House’s live cinema season on November 4. Les Vêpres Siciliennes opens October 17 and runs through November 11.

“Exciting times for Hymel”

Bryan_Hymell-5371-2“There’s a generosity of spirit about Hymel’s youthful enthusiasm that is infectious and engaging,” writes Hugh Canning of the Sunday Times.

Canning recently profiled Bryan for the leading British newspaper in advance of his return to the Royal Opera House for Les Vêpres Siciliennes. Subscribers can read the full interview here.

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.

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