The New York Times has hailed Bryan Hymel’s “impassioned and confident performance” in Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera – the American tenor’s debut at the iconic American house. Bryan shined as the Trojan hero Aeneas, singing with “unflagging stamina and impetuous abandon” and bringing his “dark hued and muscular” voice to what Anthony Tommasini considers “one of the most difficult of all tenor challenges.” His rapport with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham – who sings Dido, Queen of Carthage – elicited “soaring lyricism and melting sound” from the stage.
Bryan Hymel triumphs in Metropolitan Opera debut
Bryan Hymel to make Metropolitan Opera debut in Berlioz’s Les Troyens
Bryan Hymel makes his debut at the Metropolitan Opera this Wednesday, December 26th, singing the role of Aeneas in Berlioz’s epic opera Les Troyens. Bryan joins an all-star cast that includes Deborah Voigt as Cassandra and Susan Graham as Dido in what the New York Times calls a “visually stunning” production by Francesca Zambello. Performances of Les Troyens take place December 26 & 29 and January 1 & 5.
Bryan’s debut Met performance can be seen in cinemas worldwide Live in HD on January 5. Click here for tickets and more information.
Bryan Hymel brings “glorious” Robert to Royal Opera House
Bryan Hymel’s performance in the title role of Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable at the Royal Opera House has garnered critical acclaim, with the Independent praising the American tenor’s “gleaming voice” and his deft handling of the role’s demands. To the Guardian, “Bryan Hymel as Robert and Patrizia Ciofi as his beloved Isabelle tackle their immense roles with tremendous panache and stamina.”
Bryan appears at the Royal Opera House in a new production of Meyerbeer’s opera by Laurent Pelly. Performances continue until December 21.
Royal Opera’s ‘Les troyens’ cinecast begins this month
This month the Royal Opera House will broadcast its acclaimed production of Berlioz’s epic opera Les Troyens to cinemas worldwide. Last summer, Bryan Hymel starred in Berlioz’s dramatization of the fall of Troy as Énée opposite Eva-Maria Westbroek as his beloved Didon, Queen of Carthage. This new staging by David McVicar also featured Anna Caterina Antonacci as the doomed prophetess Cassandre, under the baton of Antonio Pappano.