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Label: Warner

Cat No: 2564617950

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 2nd March 2015

Contents

Works

Berlioz, Hector

La Damnation de Faust, op.24 H111
» Nature immense
Les Troyens
» Inutiles regrets

Bruneau, Alfred

L'Attaque du Moulin
» Le jour tombe ...Adieu, foret profonde

Gounod, Charles

La Reine de Saba
» Faiblesse de la race humaine ...Inspirez-moi, race divine

Massenet, Jules

Herodiade
» Ne pouvant reprimer les elans de la foi (Act 4)

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

L'africaine
» Pays merveilleux... O paradis ...Conduisez-moi vers ce navire

Rabaud, Henri

Rolande et le mauvais garcon
» Chante vieux jardin ta chanson de cigale

Reyer, Ernest

Sigurd
» Le bruit des chants s'etend ...Esprits gardiens de ces lieux

Rossini, Gioacchino

Guillaume Tell
» Ne m'abandonne point...Asile hereditaire ...Amis, amis secondez ma vengeance

Verdi, Giuseppe

I vespri siciliani
» C'est Guy de Montfort ...O jour de peine
Jerusalem
» L'Emir aupres de lui m'appelle ...Je veux encore entendre ta voix

Artists

Bryan Hymel (tenor)
Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno
PKF - Prague Philharmonia

Conductor

Emmanuel Villaume

Works

Berlioz, Hector

La Damnation de Faust, op.24 H111
» Nature immense
Les Troyens
» Inutiles regrets

Bruneau, Alfred

L'Attaque du Moulin
» Le jour tombe ...Adieu, foret profonde

Gounod, Charles

La Reine de Saba
» Faiblesse de la race humaine ...Inspirez-moi, race divine

Massenet, Jules

Herodiade
» Ne pouvant reprimer les elans de la foi (Act 4)

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

L'africaine
» Pays merveilleux... O paradis ...Conduisez-moi vers ce navire

Rabaud, Henri

Rolande et le mauvais garcon
» Chante vieux jardin ta chanson de cigale

Reyer, Ernest

Sigurd
» Le bruit des chants s'etend ...Esprits gardiens de ces lieux

Rossini, Gioacchino

Guillaume Tell
» Ne m'abandonne point...Asile hereditaire ...Amis, amis secondez ma vengeance

Verdi, Giuseppe

I vespri siciliani
» C'est Guy de Montfort ...O jour de peine
Jerusalem
» L'Emir aupres de lui m'appelle ...Je veux encore entendre ta voix

Artists

Bryan Hymel (tenor)
Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno
PKF - Prague Philharmonia

Conductor

Emmanuel Villaume

About

This recital, 'Héroïque', is tenor Bryan Hymel’s first studio recording for Warner Classics. Its imaginatively conceived programme showcases him in repertoire that he has made his own on stages such as the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and the Bavarian State Opera: opera in French that demands a thrilling heroism in both voice and style – and a top register of outstanding brilliance, since the album offers a grand total of 19 top Cs.

In the space of just a few years, the American tenor Bryan Hymel has become closely identified with the kind of repertoire that is showcased in this recital - arias to French texts by Verdi and Rossini, by Berlioz, Meyerbeer, Gounod and Massenet, and by three composers whose works are rarely heard today: Reyer, Bruneau and Rabaud.

On stage, Hymel has gone from Don José in Carmen to Enée in Berlioz’s Les Troyens, the title role in Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable, Henri in Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes and Arnold in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell.

Hymel’s active repertoire is by no means limited to roles in French – at the Met, he has recently sung Rodolfo in La bohème, while his Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka led the Financial Times to describe his “lustre and visceral abandon” as “worth travelling continents to hear”. His interpretations of the Prince, Enée and Robert le Diable at London’s Royal Opera House led to his 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera – the Oliviers are the UK’s most prestigious awards in the worlds of theatre, opera and dance; it complemented another high-profile prize he won in 2013, the Beverly Sills Artist Award, which recognises achievement at the Metropolitan Opera.

As an alumnus of Philadelphia’s Academy of the Vocal Arts, well-known for nurturing exceptional operatic talent, Bryan Hymel was already a rising name when he sang Enée at London’s Royal Opera House in 2012. He had performed the role in Amsterdam in 2010, but in London he was replacing no less a star than Jonas Kaufmann, who had cancelled his entire run of performances.

Hymel’s success in Les Troyens at Covent Garden led to another triumph six months later – this time at the Met. It was his debut at the USA’s most iconic opera house and – in an act of true operatic heroism – he was stepping in at the last minute for another major tenor, Marcello Giordani. As the New York Times reported: “When, Bryan Hymel appeared for his curtain call, the entire cast lined up onstage and applauded along with the audience during the prolonged ovation. This gesture from the singers seemed not just a welcoming tribute to a young colleague making his Met debut on short notice in the daunting role of Aeneas. The cast members ... seemed genuinely grateful to Mr. Hymel for saving the day by giving an impassioned and confident performance of a heroic role that dominates this formidable French opera.”

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