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Bryan Hymel makes his Wiener Staatsoper debut in Madama Butterfly

Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 4.41.53 PMThis month, Bryan Hymel returns to the role of B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper. The American tenor stars in Josef Gielen’s production of Puccini’s lush drama April 5, 9, and 14. Hui He appears opposite Bryan as Cio-Cio San and Jonathan Darlington conducts.

Bryan’s recent turn as Pinkerton at the Metropolitan Opera earned the tenor great acclaim. The New York Times noted that he was “vocally assured as the thoughtlessly callous Pinkerton, singing with a robust tenor and ringing top notes.” The New York Observer concurred, writing: “Mr. Hymel walked away with the show. His unorthodox, muscular voice commanded attention from the first conversational phrases, gaining authority as the music became more ardent.… At the end of his ‘Addio’ aria, the audience didn’t even wait for the music to finish before roaring its approval.”

A hat trick of landmark debuts this spring

BHBryan Hymel celebrates his spring with three landmark debuts. On March 21, the American tenor makes both his house and role debut in Opernhaus Zürich’s Les Contes d’Hoffmannstarring as the hapless and eponymous poet in Offenbach’s opus. Bryan can be heard under both Fabio Luisi and Patrick Furrer in performances that run through April 2.

Three days after the conclusion of Hoffmann in Zürich, Bryan heads to the Vienna Staatsoper for his house debut in Puccini’s Madama Butterflya role he recently sang to great acclaim at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Bryan stars as B.F. Pinkerton opposite Hui He’s Cio-Cio San on April 5, 9, and 14.

Finally, Bryan joins the Rotterdam Philharmonic on May 16 and 17. There, he performs Verdi’s monumental Requiem under the baton of music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Bryan a “simply ideal Puccini interpreter” in Oper Frankfurt’s ‘Edgar’

Bryan_Hymell-5371-2Bryan Hymel’s concert appearance at Oper Frankfurt, in which he sings the title role of Puccini’s Edgar, has earned him the distinction of a “simply ideal Puccini interpreter,” according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “From the melancholy patina of Cavaradossi to the heroism of Calaf, he presented his range of expression and combined vocal power with the subtle art of characterization,” the newspaper went on to add, before deeming Bryan’s “an exceptional performance.”

Likewise, the Rhein Main’s Allgemeine Zeitung notes, “An abundance of steel and radiance is required by Puccini for the title role, which Bryan Hymel offered in polished overabundance.” Der Neue Merker added that Bryan “exuded vocal nuances and subtleties, infusing Puccini’s lyricism with liquid melodic tones and won the audience over with this magnificent vocal performance.”

“The Glamorous American Bryan Hymel was a storybook Italian tenor with infinite dynamism in reserve and an always-controlled, cultivated tone,” wrote Frankfurter Rundschau. “The Puccinian style has a beautiful future.”

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