25 March 2013
Tenor Bryan Hymel Named as Recipient of Met's Eighth Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award
The Metropolitan Opera announced today that tenor Bryan Hymel, 33, has been named the recipient of the eighth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award. The award, which includes a prize of $50,000 — the largest of its kind bestowed in the United States — is awarded each year to a Metropolitan Opera singer between the ages of 25 and 40.
Hymel made his Met debut on December 26, 2012, as Aeneas in Francesca Zambello's production of Les Troyens. Hymel's debut came after Marcello Giordani withdrew from performances of Troyens; Hymel also performed in the terrestrial (Dec. 29) and Live in HD (Jan. 5) broadcasts of the opera. Hymel first appeared on the Met stage as a participant in the 2000 National Council Grand Finals Concert.
"I have always admired Ms. Sills's unparalleled performing career, consummate artistry, and exceptionally giving and successful work in arts administration, and I am grateful to be associated with such an extraordinary legacy," Hymel said in a statement released by the Met.
The Beverly Sills Artist Award was established in 2006 through an endowment gift from the late Agnes Varis, former Met board managing director, and her husband, Karl Leichtman. The award, presented in honor of the late Beverly Sills, is meant to help further the careers of its recipients by providing funding for voice and language lessons, coaching, travel costs and other professional assistance. Previous recipients include baritone Nathan Gunn (2006), mezzo Joyce DiDonato (2007), tenor Matthew Polenzani (2008), bass John Relyea (2009), soprano Susanna Phillips (2010) and mezzo Isabel Leonard (2011).
Hymel will next appear at the Met in January 2014 as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
For more information, visit the Metropolitan Opera and BryanHymel.com.
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