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Bryan Hymel on finding his voice and performing Carmen
Following his debut with the Washington National Opera as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, Bryan Hymel reprises the role in his return to the Royal Opera House. Praised for his compelling performance and expressivity, the American tenor brings “vast reserves of power” to Bizet’s tragic soldier (Bachtrack).
Bryan reflects on his growth from a young singer in New Orleans to the “reigning American tenor du jour in the French repertory” in an article published in The Independent (Washington Post).
Bryan continues performances of Carmen at the Royal Opera House through November 10.
Tune in this weekend: Hear Bryan perform in San Francisco Opera’s Les Troyens
This Saturday and Sunday, tune in to hear Bryan Hymel’s “clarion-call Aeneas” in San Francisco Opera’s production of Les Troyens (San Francisco Examiner). Broadcast by WFMT and KDFC, listeners can enjoy the “bright-toned, tireless tenor’s” performance in Berlioz’s grand opera (San Francisco Chronicle).
The American tenor stars opposite Susan Graham as Dido and Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra under the baton of Donald Runnicles.
Bryan Hymel, “today’s golden tenor,” shines in Carmen at Royal Opera House
In his triumphant return to the Royal Opera House, Bryan Hymel performs in Bizet’s Carmen to great acclaim. “Bryan Hymel is an excellent Don José,” declares Bachtrack, “he has vast reserves of power in the voice which enable him to throw his voice at the role and get a lot of expressivity without ever losing control over precise timing or intonation.” The Guardian added that he “hits all Don José’s high notes fairly and squarely, giving his vocalism strength and solidity.”
Bryan is “today’s golden tenor,” proclaimed WhatsonStage, which continued to praise the American tenor’s dedication to the strenuous role, concluding that he “is in splendidly stentorian form as Don José. A genuine stage animal, he plays his unhinged final scene with near-Method focus.”