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Loyola University College of Music Student Bryan Hymel Advances to the finals Metropolitan Opera auditions in New York City

Loyola press release - February 28, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music student Bryan Hymel advances to the final round of competition at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Hymel was selected as one of the ten finalists from the pool of 23 semifinalist, who competed on the Metropolitan Opera stage in New York City. He had won the first place prize of Metropolitan Opera's Gulf Coast Regional Auditions, which were held at Loyola College of Music in mid-February.

Bryan Hymel, a native of New Orleans, is a junior at Loyola University New Orleans, where he studies with Philip Frohnmayer. This past summer he sang Ferrand in Aspen Opera Theater Center's production of Cosi fan tutte, as well as the Madman and the Soldier in Wozzeck. He also portrayed the role of the Messenger in Aida with the Aspen Music Festival and School. The previous summer Hymel was a winner of the Verdi Competition in Aspen. In addition to his work in Aspen, he performed small roles with the New Orleans Opera Association in the 1998/99 season. He also participated in a Three Tenors Gala presented by the Gulf Coast Opera Association in March 1998. In August of 1999, Bryan placed fourth overall in the college division of the MacCallister Awards, a national competition held in Indianapolis. At Loyola, Bryan has performed the roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, and Gherardo in Gianni Schicci. He will sing the role of Nemorino in the May 2000 Loyola production of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore.

The 20-year-old tenor from Metairie, Louisiana advanced to the national semifinals on February 13, 2000. At the semifinals, Hymel received a week's worth of voice and stage coaching with the staff of the Metropolitan Opera. The semifinal competition, held on February 27, 2000 featured the singers on the Met stage with piano accompaniment. The ten semifinalists selected to advance to the final round of competition, receive an additional week of training and perform on March 5 accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074 or via email: wick@loyno.edu.