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Tune in this weekend: Hear Bryan perform in San Francisco Opera’s Les Troyens

Troyens smallThis 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.

The production will be available to stream online on Saturday, October 31 at 10 a.m. PDT and on Sunday, November 1 at 7 p.m. PDT.

Bryan Hymel, “today’s golden tenor,” shines in Carmen at Royal Opera House

10906500_823136247729917_192948139746506923_nIn 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.”

Bryan continues to star in Francesca Zambello’s production at the Royal Opera House through November 10.

Bryan Hymel returns to the Royal Opera House for Carmen

Carmen at the Royal Opera HouseFollowing his triumphant Washington National Opera debut as Don José in Carmen, Bryan Hymel reprises the role at the Royal Opera House in Francesca Zambello’s production of Bizet’s masterpiece. The American tenor made his Royal Opera House debut in 2010 to great acclaim, singing “Bizet’s music with a refinement that few tenors manage” (The Times). Bryan has since returned to the Covent Garden stage to perform Aeneas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens, which was released on Blu-ray and DVD by Opus Arte.

Bryan appears in Carmen opposite Elena Maximova, Alexander Vinogradov and Nicole Car under the baton of Bertrand de Billy from October 19 through November 10.

In Washington National Opera debut, Bryan Hymel brings “gravitas” to Don José

Bryan_Hymell-9911-Edit-2_0Bryan Hymel, “reigning American tenor du jour in the French repertory,” joined Washington National Opera for his house debut in Bizet’s Carmen (Washington Post). Returning to the role of Don José, Bryan triumphs as the troubled character, who “has the greatest journey from straightlaced soldier to crazed killer and has the gravitas to pull it off and the pipes too” (DCMetroTheaterArts).

Bachtrack praises Bryan’s “transition from respectable soldier to scruffy outsider to lawless killer,” remarking that “his high B flat to end the Flower Song was movingly quiet, evoking that ‘loss of tenor force’ of which Parker speaks, as he submits to Carmen’s sway. By the end, he gets his (vocal and actual) force back by exerting violence on her.”

The American tenor is celebrated for his moving performances, and “changes easily between abject devotion (both to Carmen and initial sweetheart Michaëla) and threatening rage, so that fear for Carmen’s life becomes not only realistic but extremely palpable in the final moments” (MDTheaterGuide).

Bryan continues his Washington National Opera debut run through September 26, performing alongside Clémentine Margaine, Michael Todd Simpson, and Janai Brugger.

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