Loyola at a Glance
Loyola music alumnus lands leading role in 3-D opera film
February 25, 2011
|Loyola alumnus Bryan Hymel as "Don Jose" and Christine Rice as "Carmen" - Photo credit: The Royal Opera/Mike Hoban|
Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts alumnus Bryan Hymel ’01 recently reprised the role of Don José in a production of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” at the renowned Royal Opera House in London. The special performance was filmed in 3-D and will be shown in cinemas worldwide beginning Saturday, March 5. Local 3-D showings will be held in theaters in Harvey, Kenner, Metairie, Slidell and Covington. For specific locations and information, visit www.carmen3d.com.
Hymel and his fiancé, soprano Irini Kyriakidou, will visit Loyola to perform in a masterclass and have an informal question and answer session on Tuesday, March 1, at 12:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium. The masterclass is free and open to the public.
Arguably one of the world’s most popular operas, “Carmen” is an exciting story of love, jealousy and betrayal. The story’s action takes place in Seville, Spain, in the mid-19th century. Don José, who was training for the priesthood, killed a man in a quarrel and has had to enlist in the army in Seville. His mother and Micaëla, who loves him and hopes to marry him, have followed him to the south and live in a village near the city. Click here to watch the video trailer >>
Originally from Metairie, Hymel studied at Loyola with Dreux Montegut and Philip Frohnmayer and at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. His awards include first prizes in the 2009 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, 2008 Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation Competition, the 2008 Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition and the 2008 Giulio Gari Foundation Competition. He also won the George London Award in 2008.
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