Bryan Hymel receives eighth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award from Metropolitan Opera

bio-picBryan Hymel has been named the recipient of the eighth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. The $50,000 award, the largest of its kind in the United States, is designated for extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles at the Met. Bryan was presented with the award at the Met today by Muffy Greenough, daughter of Beverly Sills.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Beverly Sills Artist Award. I have always admired Ms. Sills’ unparalleled performing career, consummate artistry, and exceptionally giving and successful work in arts administration, and I am grateful to be associated with such an extraordinary legacy,” Bryan said. “Her commanding vocalism and grace onstage were an inspiration for me in my unexpected Met debut this year. I offer sincere thanks to the Agnes Varis Trust, Peter Gelb, and the talented staff of the Metropolitan Opera.”

The Sills Award was created to help further recipients’ careers, including funding for voice lessons, vocal coaching, language lessons, related travel costs, and other professional assistance. Sills, who died in 2007, was well known as a supporter and friend to developing young artists, and this award continues her legacy as an advocate for rising singers. The 33-year-old American tenor is the eighth recipient of the award, following baritone Nathan Gunn in 2006, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in 2007, tenor Matthew Polenzani in 2008, bass John Relyea in 2009, soprano Susanna Phillips in 2010, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in 2011, and soprano Angela Meade in 2012.

Earlier this season Bryan made his Met debut, singing the demanding role of Aeneas in a rare revival of Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens. Bryan’s performances, which were also transmitted worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, were met with great acclaim from both critics and audiences alike. The New Orleans-born tenor will return to the Met in January 2014 to sing the role of Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Pittsburgh Opera debut in Madama Butterfly March 16

Bryan_Hymell-5371Bryan Hymel will make his debut with the Pittsburgh Opera later this month, singing Lieutenant Pinkerton in Crystal Manich’s production of Puccini’s beloved opera Madama Butterfly. The American tenor stars opposite Italian soprano Maria Luigia Borsi, who plays the role of Cio-Cio San. Performances begin on March 16 and run through March 24. Click here to learn more about the production, including information on pre-concert talks and ticket sales.

Bryan Hymel to return to Metropolitan Opera next season in Madama Butterfly

28113056_7jBDv9Next season Bryan Hymel will return to the Metropolitan Opera, singing the role of Lieutenant Pinkerton in Anthony Minghella’s acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly. The American tenor appears opposite South African soprano Amanda Echalaz, who portrays Cio-Cio-San, in performances that run from January 16 to February 1, 2014. Discover the Met’s 2013-2014 season here. 

Earlier this season Bryan made a highly lauded debut at the iconic New York house in Berlioz’s Les Troyens. Read about it here.

Paris & Vienna debuts with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

bio-picThe American tenor Bryan Hymel makes his debuts in Paris and Vienna this February as guest soloist in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. The orchestra’s music director Tugan Sokhiev leads Berlioz’s légende drammatique supported by an ensemble that includes mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina, basses Alastair Miles and René Schirrer, and the choirs Orféon Donastiarra and La Lauzeta. Following their February 8 performance at Toulouse’s Halle aux Grains, Bryan and the orchestra head to Paris for a February 11 appearance at the French capital’s iconic Salle Pleyel. Their tour continues in Vienna, with two concerts at the legendary Musikverein on February 23 & 24.

This season sees the American tenor making several major debuts. In June Bryan gives his first performances at the Semperoper Dresden in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. On August 1, Bryan appears at the Salzburger Festspiele for the first time in Walter Braunfels Jeanne d’Arc.

Earlier this month, Bryan made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Berlioz’s Les Troyens to great acclaim. Read more about his Met debut here and catch the encore US Live in HD broadcast January 23.

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