Bryan Hymel, born August 8th, 1979 in New Orleans. His career began as early as 1998, but picked up steam very slowly
(which is not a bad sign), until big success came in 2008 and 2009.
Meanwhile, he even sang Enée (Covent Garden & Met), and not bad! Of course, his technique needs improvement (his top notes,
for instance, are too open), and one thing I’m not sure about is the size of his voice... so I’m very curious to hear
him on stage (next season, he’s going to debut in Vienna in Madama Butterfly).
Still, he seems like a rather large figure in our operatic dwarf era.
Side note: the Covent Garden Robert le Diable production (broadcast by the BBC), was originally meant to “star” –
Juan Diego Flórez, of all singers! As Robert, not in the tenor buffo part of Raimbaut! Fortunately, Flórez withdrew in time;
certainly Escalais must have raised from his tomb and threatened him to achieve that.
Seiffert as Otello and Tristan, Flórez by a hair’s breadth as Robert, Dimitra Theodossiou as Abigaille
(a performance that I suffered recently)... next year we’re going to get Helmut Lotti as Manrico and Tom Waits as Osmin.