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.

Bryan Hymel honored with ECHO Klassik award and Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik

Echo_Klassik_Wortbild_2009American tenor Bryan Hymel’s debut solo album Héroïque has been honored with the coveted ECHO Klassik award in the category of Newcomer of the Year. In addition to the honor, Héroïque was also recognized by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) with the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

Bryan brings his signature interpretation of heroic French arias in his Warner Classics and Erato album, highlighting works by Rossini, Berlioz, Verdi, Gounod, and Meyerbeer.

The American tenor can be seen in the video recording of Royal Opera House’s production of Les Vêpres Siciliennes. The release also received a Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Bryan’s performance in Verdi’s grand opera garnered critical acclaim, with Bloomberg Businessweek celebrating his “seductive voice with a powerful, easy top.”

Hear Bryan’s high C’s in Héroïque and discover the “first-rate casting” (The Telegraph) of Les Vêpres Siciliennes here.

Bryan Hymel praised for “clarion tone” in San Francisco Opera’s Les Troyens

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 5.51.22 PMBryan Hymel’s San Francisco Opera debut in Les Troyens was met with acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The American tenor was lauded for his performance as Aeneas with the ​San Francisco Chronicle applauding him as a “bright-toned, tireless tenor.” ​“The cast was wondrous,” concurred The San Francisco Examiner, which went on to cite “Bryan Hymel’s clarion-call Aeneas.”

San Jose Mercury News mirrored the Examiner’s sentiments, praising Bryan’s “ripe clarion tone as Aeneas, blending ardently in the love duet with Graham and giving a forceful account of his Act IV aria, ‘Inutiles regrets.’”

Les Troyens continues at San Francisco Opera with performances on June 12, 16, 20, 25, as well as on July 1.

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