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Subject: Re: Bryan Himmel
From: Don <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Don <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:14:04 -0600
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Saw him for the first time in Santa Fe's Faust and he was wonderful.
Never thought he would develop into the leading tenor for the big French
roles but have enjoyed him now in Tell, Robert le Diable and Les Troyens,
not easy roles an of them.
dond

On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 5:19 PM, Mbb T <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I loved the broadcast!  What a line, and ringing top notes!  I first heard
> him in a MET Butterfly broadcast and I personally enjoyed it.  Very hard to
> criticize someone who sings twenty plus high c's on stage.  Bravo Mr.
> Hymel.  Furthermore, so nice to hear a broadcast where the whole cast was
> great.  A rarity these days...
>
> On Mar 18, 2017 6:14 PM, "John Irving" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Since I had never heard a lived staged performance of this work, I
> > actually enjoyed it.  Hymel's voice is not to my personal liking, but he
> > certainly understands the music and sang it quite well.  In one of the
> > prerecorded interview sessions this afternoon with Hymel, he relishes the
> > challenges of the heroic French tenor literature; he is indeed, a rare
> > bird.  I remember reading somewhere that Corelli was considering adding
> > Arnold to his repertory, and that rehearsal tapes exist of his efforts.
> I
> > do not recall him ever venturing into Rossini, but I could be wrong about
> > this.  Cheers.
> >
> >       John
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> > > On Mar 18, 2017, at 5:28 PM, Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > Agree fully with Myriam - he worked his arse off & I wonder how many
> > days vocal rest he needed to recover from that marathon.  The voice is
> > throaty & nasal & sounds like Jonas K. pushed into the stratosphere.  If
> > you want to hear that last aria with a nice Italian sound, try Salvatore
> > Fisichella & Franco Bonisolli!
> > > J's
> > > DonP.
> > >
> > > -----Original Message----- From: Myriam Hernandez
> > > Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2017 5:24 PM
> > > To: [log in to unmask]
> > > Subject: Bryan Himmel
> > >
> > > Guillaume Tell is a tour de force for the tenor. Bryan Himmel has an
> ugly
> > > voice that grates my ears, but by God, to sing the fourth act big aria
> > and
> > > cabaletta, after the killer duets he sang in the previous acts, is a
> real
> > > feat. I would have liked him to stretch a little more the very last
> note
> > in
> > > "aux armes," but what else can we ask for. The man must have been
> > > completely exhausted. Bravo for him!
> > >
> > > I've listened to him before in romantic roles, like Pinkerton and
> Rodolfo
> > > in La Bohème, and in my opinion, he doesn't make the grade there. He
> > should
> > > stick to Wagner, Richard Strauss, and other heavy roles where his
> > metallic
> > > voice would serve him better.
> > >
> > > Myriam
> > >
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