Bryan Hymel

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in New Orleans (US) on 8/81979. In 1998 he won the Verdi Competition in the Aspen Music Festival (Colorado, US). In 1999 he was distinguished in the annual singing competition Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and received a sponsorship from the George London Foundation. He then studied voice at the Loyola University New Orleans and participated in the Merola educational program, at the San Francisco Opera Center; he took further studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia under Bill Schuman. He has won awards in competitions, including Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Loren L. Zachary Society, Giulio Gari Foundation (2008), Gerda Lissner Foundation (2009), “Beverly Sills” Award (2012), etc. He made his debut in 1998 at the New Orleans Opera as Philistine Messenger [Samson and Delilah/Samson et Dalila] and later as Arturo [Lucia di Lammermoor], Luigi [The cloak/Il tabarro] and Rinuccio [Gianni Schicchi]. In 2007, he debuted in Europe at the Wexford Festival Opera as Prince [Rusalka] and in 2008 as Tsar [The Snow Maiden]. In the same year he gave a recital along with Michelle DeYoung for the George London Foundation and made his Carnegie Hall New York debut. To date he has appeared at major opera houses in Europe and the Americas, including: Royal Opera House London, Canadian Opera Company, La Scala Milan, English National Opera, National Opera Bordeaux, Dutch National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Santa Fe Opera. He appeared at the GNO as Guido Bardi [A Florentine tragedy/Eine florentinische Tragödie] (Olympia Theater, 2008/09) and Lord Arturo Talbot [The puritans/Ipuritani] (2008/09). He has recorded extensively (Warner Classics, Brilliant Classics). His appearances in the operas The Trojans [Les Troyens] (as Aeneas), Robert the Devil [Robert le Diable] (as Robert), and Carmen (as Don José) are available on DVD. In 2010 he married Greek soprano Irini Kyriakidou.