Bryan Hymel opens La Scala season with Madama Butterfly

bh-pinkertonBryan Hymel returns to Teatro alla Scala to open its 2016-17 season as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. The American tenor brings his “robust tenor and ringing top notes” to the new Teatro alla Scala production, premiering December 7 (New York Times).

Bryan sings under the baton of Riccardo Chailly, opposite Maria José Siri as Cio-Cio-San, Annalisa Stroppa as Suzuki and Carlos Álvarez as Sharpless. The premiere will be live broadcast on the Italian station RAI-RADIO3 and throughout Europe on the Euroradio network.

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Bryan can be seen in Madama Butterfly on December 7, 10, 13, 16, 18, 23; January 3, and 8.

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Critics hail Bryan’s “bright, ringing tenor” in new production of Guillaume Tell at the Met

Guillaume Tell Met

Returning to the Metropolitan Opera for Pierre Audi’s new production of Guillaume Tell, Bryan Hymel performed the role of Arnold to great acclaim. Critics praised the American tenor’s performance of Rossini’s notoriously difficult role: “The tenor role of Arnold…is an arduous workout combining soaring lyrical effusions and heroic fervor. Bryan Hymel brings youthful impetuosity and impressive vocal stamina to the part” (The New York Times). Known for his powerful range, “the protean tenor Bryan Hymel pumped out muscular tone all night, nailing the high C’s and C-sharps that litter this score with vigor” (The Observer)

New York Classical Review applauded Bryan’s Arnold, which requires “a great deal of vocal weight,” continuing: “Bryan Hymel was more than up to the task, his bright, ringing tenor fitting the part beautifully and reaching up to its highest points with relative ease…his Act IV aria, ‘Asile héréditaire,’ was a brilliant highlight, a keen expression of grief that showed off his lyrical qualities and his trumpeting top.”

Bryan stars alongside Gerald Finley as the title character, Marina Rebeka as Mathilde, Janai Brugger as Jemmy, Maria Zifchak as Hedwige, Marco Spotti as Walter Furst, Kwangchul Youn in the role of Melcthal, and John Relyea as the Austrian governor Gesler.

Bryan can be seen in performances of Guillaume Tell at the Met on October 21, 25, 29, and November 5, 9, and 12.

Hear Bryan perform Guillaume Tell live at the Met


Tune in on October 18 to hear Bryan Hymel sing opening night of Guillaume Tell at the Metropolitan Opera. The American tenor returns to Rossini’s epic work as Arnold, the love interest of Marina Rebeka’s Mathilde.

Fabio Luisi conducts Pierre Audi’s new production, which features Gerald Finley in the title role and performances by Janai Brugger, Maria Zifchak, Marianna Pizzolato, Marco Spotti, Kwangchul Youn, and John Relyea.

Visit the Metropolitan Opera’s website for a live audio stream of opening night on October 18, and see the American tenor sing subsequent performances at the Met on October 21, 25, 29 and November 5, 9, and 12.

Metropolitan Opera welcomes Bryan for Guillaume Tell

Photo: Dario AcostaBryan Hymel kicks off the 2016-17 season with his return to the Metropolitan Opera for Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. The American tenor reprises the role of Arnold, having made his debut in Rossini’s work at the Bayerische Staatsoper to great acclaim in 2014. Opera News praised Bryan’s performance in “the nearly impossible role of Arnold Melchtal,” commending his “envious sense of lyrical phrasing.”

Fabio Luisi conducts Bryan in Pierre Audi’s new production at the Met with performances by Marina Rebeka, Janai Brugger, Maria Zifchak, Marianna Pizzolato, and Gerald Finley in the title role.

Bryan takes the stage as Arnold on October 18 with subsequent performances on October 21, 25, 29; November 5, 9, and 12.

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