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.

Bryan Hymel Shines in ‘Elina Garanca and Friends: Music Under the Stars’

_RR_0234-2Bryan enjoyed great success across Austria last week as he appeared in concert with Latvian mezzo Elina Garanca as part of a three-city tour dubbed “Music Under the Stars.” Indeed, he was referred to by Austria’s Kurier as the evening’s “shooting star.”

“The discovery of the evening…was tenor Bryan Hymel,” raved Kurier. “The young singer has a pleasant, strong voice, which he uses without force and with great musicality. His interpretation of the great aria ‘Di quella pira’ from Verdi’s Il Trovatore was simply gorgeous. We can readily look forward to Hymel’s Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Wiener Staatsoper (April 2014)!”

Bryan himself has more Verdi to look forward to with a return to London’s Royal Opera House for the composer’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes this fall. Meanwhile, Austrian audiences can hear more from the stellar tenor before next April: He sings the role of Michael the Archangel in Braunfels’s Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna on August 1 at the Salzburg Festival.

(Photo: Roland Rudolph)

PBS Great Performances to air Bryan Hymel’s Met Opera debut in ‘Les Troyens’ June 30

BHOn June 30 PBS’s Great Performances at the Met will air Bryan Hymel’s Metropolitan Opera debut in Berlioz’s Les Troyens. The American tenor’s December 2012 appearance as Enée opposite Susan Graham’s Didon was widely acclaimed, with the New York Times praising his “impassioned and confident performance.” This past season, Bryan went on to win the esteemed  Beverly Sills Award, the Metropolitan Opera’s largest award for young Met artists.

Next season Bryan returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. More about his 2013/14 performances here.

Check your local listings & preview the production here.

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