April 30, 2014

Heroic tenor Bryan Hymel signs exclusive album deal with Warner Classics

New Orleans-born Olivier Award-winning opera star to release his debut solo album of French arias in 2015.

American tenor Bryan Hymel, hailed a "simply ideal Puccini interpreter" (Frankfurter Allgemeine), has signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics. Set for release in early 2015, the album will showcase Hymel's acclaimed interpretations of some of French opera’s most challenging repertoire. The Prague Philharmonia, under the direction of prominent French conductor Emmanuel Villaume, will partner with Hymel on this debut recording.

Alain Lanceron, President of Warner Classics, said: "With a series of exceptional performances that have captured the hearts of audiences around the world — most notably at London’s Royal Opera House and New York’s Metropolitan Opera — Bryan Hymel has rapidly established himself as a leading light among the new generation of tenors. We are therefore delighted to launch our relationship with this accomplished and distinctive artist with an album of French arias."

"I am thrilled to be invited to make my debut solo recording with Warner Classics," Hymel said. "The legacy of this label includes recordings of some of the greatest artists in history, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to record the repertoire that has brought me to leading theaters around the world." Hymel was last year's winner of the Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Award for his last-minute debut with that company as Enée in Berlioz's Les Troyens. He was also the recipient of the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his trio of performances in Les Troyens, Robert le diable, and Rusalka.

One of the opera world's fastest-rising stars, Hymel continues to perform leading repertoire in the music capitals of Europe and the US, including a role debut as Arnold in Rossini's Guillaume Tell with the Bayerische Staatsoper in June, and house and role debuts as Percy in Anna Bolena with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in December.

Praised by The New York Times for his "unflagging stamina and impetuous abandon," Hymel reprises his renowned portrayal of Énée in Les Troyens next summer in his debut at the San Francisco Opera. He returns to the Metropolitan Opera stage in September of this year as Rodolfo in La bohème, a signature role.