Performances of Anna Bolena, starring Bryan Hymel, continue at Lyric Opera of Chicago

news-item-1Following a New Year’s break spent in Oman at the Royal Opera House Muscat—which created what the Oman Daily Observer deemed “an ecstatic enthusiasm…[with] rich range of voice and performance”—Bryan Hymel returns to Chicago for the conclusion of Lyric Opera’s run of Anna Bolena. The American tenor makes his role and house debut in the production, which opened December 6. The final three performances take place January 7, 10, and 16.

Bryan Hymel returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Puccini’s La bohème

La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera (Cory Weaver/The Metropolitan Opera)On the heels of his debut at the Opéra National de Paris in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, Bryan returns to the Metropolitan Opera to perform Rodolfo in La bohème.

Bryan last appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in the same role, of which Bachtrack raved: “[Hymel’s] agonized cry of ‘Mimì! Mimì’ at the end of Act IV was devastating in both vocal beauty and heart-wrenching pain.”

The American tenor sings under the baton of Dan Ettinger alongside Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong, Susanna Phillips, and Ailyn Pérez in performances from January 6 to 23, and April 15 to May 5.

In Oman, Bryan Hymel gives two gala concerts at Royal Opera House Muscat

1512366_851797401532047_4521159837967251024_nRounding out 2014 and in between performances at Lyric Opera of Chicago in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Bryan Hymel can be heard in two gala concerts December 30 and 31 at the Royal Opera House Muscat. The American tenor joins his wife, soprano Irini Kyriakidou, conductor Emmanuel Villaume, and pianist Andrew von Oeyen for a glittering New Year’s themed concert.

Bryan and Irini take the stage for the second half of the program, which includes arias and duets from La Bohème, My Fair Lady, Das Land des Lächelns, The Merry Widow, and La Traviata.

Critics hail Hymel’s “splendid Lyric debut” in Chicago Anna Bolena

The American tenor Bryan Hymel has made a “splendid” house and role debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena as the legendary queen’s first love, Lord Richard Percy (Chicago Tribune). For John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune, “Hymel’s voice stood revealed as a tenor of impressively heroic strength, sweetness and style, easily inhabiting the high tessitura. Let’s have Hymel back.”

Chicago Classical Review echoed this sentiment, writing that “Hymel displayed a gleaming tenor, throwing off clarion high C’s and bringing firm dramatic conviction to his confrontation with Henry.”

Performances of Anna Bolena continue at Lyric Opera of Chicago through January 15.

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