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.
His Butterfly debut turned out to be very unremarkable, the voice was too small for
the Vienna Staatsoper, and a bit stiff to boot. When he came back five years later, in 2019, to sing Rodolfo, the voice was already ruined, and
he was unpleasant to listen to. What a pity.