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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.

Bryan Hymel’s 2015-16 season features performances of Carmen in Washington and London, and La Damnation de Faust in Paris

BHFollowing a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth at Teatro alla Scala, Bryan Hymel travels to the U.S. for his house debut in Bizet’s Carmen at the Washington National Opera. Bryan sings Don José, a role he performed to great acclaim in 2010, having enchanted the audience who “sat breathlessly during the arias in the repertoire” (La Nacional).

The American tenor continues the role of Don José at the Royal Opera House in London, performing alongside Elena Maximova, and Anita Rachvelishvili as Bizet’s heroine.

Closing out 2015, Bryan performs the title role in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust at Opéra Bastille with Sophie Koch and the Opéra National de Paris.

Discover Bryan’s full schedule here.

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