Bryan opens New Orleans Opera season as Don José

bh-carmenThis weekend, Bryan Hymel sings Don José in the New Orleans Opera Association’s production of Carmen. The American tenor returns to his hometown following an acclaimed run of La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera, where he was described by the New York Observer as “one of the Met’s most promising young stars…his phrasing is generous and romantic, and his top B-flats and C’s as brilliant as fireworks. He’s an unusually sympathetic actor, too.”

In Louisiana, Bryan stars opposite his wife, soprano Irini Kyriakidou, as Micaela, bass Oren Gradus as Escamillo, and mezzo-soprano Géraldine Chauvet in the title role. The production opens the New Orleans Opera’s 2014-15 season.


Bryan triumphs as Rodolfo at the Metropolitan Opera

bhbohemeIn his third appearance with the Metropolitan Opera, Bryan Hymel has earned further applause in New York for his portrayal of Rodolfo in La Bohème. The New York Times praised the American tenor, noting that his voice grew “more passionate while remaining refined. Its center of gravity is high…and it warmed through the evening.”

The New York Classical Review deemed Bryan “the biggest draw” of the production, adding that “he lived up to expectations with a world-class portrayal of the destitute poet.…Hymel sang beautifully and at times eloquently. His high-lying voice rang out with a smooth edge that enhanced the easy-going amiability of his characterization and his elegant musical phrasing inspired the other Bohemians to moments of delicacy and subtlety one doesn’t often experience in this work.”

Bachtrack concluded, “[Hymel’s] agonized cry of “Mimì! Mimì!” at the end of Act IV was devastating in both vocal beauty and heart-wrenching pain.”

La Bohème continues at the Metropolitan Opera through October 4.

(Photo: Cory Weaver/The Metropolitan Opera)

Bryan opens La bohème at Metropolitan Opera

600px-Metropolitan_Opera_3491661640_6255884783Bryan Hymel is heard in the first cast of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-15 season revival of La Bohème. The American tenor makes his house role debut as Puccini’s bohemian poet in Zeffirelli’s classic production on September 23, one day following the company’s opening night.

Riccardo Frizza conducts the performance that also stars Ekaterina Scherbachenko as Mimì, Myrtò Papatanasiu as Musetta, and Quinn Kelsey as Marcello. Click here for ticket information.


Bryan’s 2014-15 season begins with the Met, New Orleans Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago

BHBryan Hymel’s first performances of the 2014-15 season take place at the Metropolitan Opera. The American tenor returns to Lincoln Center after his most recent outing in the company’s revival of Madama Butterfly to star in another Puccini classic, La bohème, from September 23 through October 4.

Returning to his home state of Louisiana, Bryan is next heard in the New Orleans Opera’s production of Carmen (October 10 and 12) before heading to Chicago. In his Lyric Opera debut, Bryan also makes his role debut as Percy in Anna Bolena with performances beginning December 6 and running through January 16.

In between showings of Anna Bolena, Bryan gives his two final concerts of 2014 at the Royal Opera House Muscat in concert with the Prague Philharmonia on December 30 and 31.

For more information on Bryan’s schedule, click here.


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