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Héroïque: French Opera Arias, by Berlioz, Gounod, Verdi, Bruneau et al. / Bryan Hymel, tenor; PFK-Prague Philharmonia; Villaume; Czech PO Choir of Brno; Fiala

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera
>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Jérusalem
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Les Vêpres siciliennes
>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a
>Gounod, Charles : La Reine de Saba
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L'Africaine
>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade
>Reyer, Ernest : Sigurd
>Bruneau, Alfred : L'Attaque du moulin
>Rabaud, Henri : Rolande et le mauvais garçon
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Notes & Reviews:

This recital, Héroïque, is American tenor Bryan Hymel's first studio recording for Warner Classics. One of the opera world's fastest-rising stars, Hymel is the winner of the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his trio of performances in Les Troyens, Robert le Diable and Rusalka and London's Royal Opera House. The New York Times praised his "unflagging stamina and impetuous abandon" during his 2012 Metropolitan Opera debut as Énée in Les Troyens, for which he was presented with the Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Artist Award. This album's imaginatively conceived program 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 C's. Hymel will be singing at opera houses throughout the United States in 2015, including at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in January, Dallas Opera in March, San Francisco Opera in June, Santa Fe Opera in July and August, Washington National Opera in September, and the Metropolitan Opera beginning in December.

The Telegraph, 18th April 2015
Hymel sings with a clean sweetness of tone and a particular facility above the stave: his French diction is conscientious rather than idiomatic. He can toss off the fireworks...with aplomb, but it is in the intense lyricism of the invocation from Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust and "Inspirez-moi" from Gounod's La Reine de Saba that he excels.

BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015
The leading tenor roles of this tradition require facility and strength at the top of the voice plus power and flexibility lower down - all of which Hymel supplies; in fact, he is clearly optimum casting for many of these roles today. His French, while not of native standard, is excellent...the choral and orchestral surround is impressive under conductor Emmanuel Villaume, who has a keen instinct for tempo.

The Times, 6th March 2015
The voice is strong, tightly-focused, darkly coloured and unusually even across all registers. He easily manages those "Howzat!" moments up on high that bring many tenor arias to a close. Yet he's equally expressive shading his voice in his middle pitch, almost cradling the listener with intimacy.

Sunday Times, 22nd March 2015
[+nTe and Arnaud's] two big arias recorded here display the many glories of Hymel's voice: its brilliant attack, its dark-timbred middle and lower registers, to which he adds a bright, gleaming top, throwing out high Bs, Cs and C sharps without a hint of effort or fear...Sublime.

The Guardian, 16th April 2015
Hymel certainly is convincing: his is a vibrant voice with a steely cutting edge, easy-sounding high notes and intense tone...Confirmed French - opera fans should love it, but there is enough variety to grab the uninitiated listener, too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014).



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>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera :: Act 4. Ne m'abandonne point, espoir de la vengeance! ...Asile héréditaire
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1829

>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 :: Part 4. Nature immense
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Jérusalem :: Act 2. L'Émir auprès de lui m'appelle ...Je veux encore entendre ta voix
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Les Vêpres siciliennes :: Act 4. C'est Guy de Montfort! ...O jour de peine et de souffrance
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a :: Act 5. Inutiles regrets
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Gounod, Charles : La Reine de Saba :: Act 2. Faiblesse de la race humaine! ...Inspirez-moi, race divine!
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1861-1862

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L'Africaine :: Act 4. Pays merveilleux ...O paradis sorti de l'onde ...Conduisez-moi vers ce navire
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Massenet, Jules : Hérodiade :: Act 4. Ne pouvant réprimer les élans de la foi
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Reyer, Ernest : Sigurd :: Act 2. Le bruit des chants s'éteint ...Esprits, gardiens de ces lieux
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Bruneau, Alfred : L'Attaque du moulin :: Act 2. Le jour tombe ...Adieu, forêt profonde
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Rabaud, Henri : Rolande et le mauvais garçon :: Act 5. Chante, vieux jardin, ta chanson de cigales
  • Performer: Bryan Hymel
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
  • Notes: Smetana Hall, Prague (08/18/2014-08/25/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta