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Loyola University College of Music Student Bryan Hymel wins Metropolitan Opera regional auditions at Loyola

Loyola press release - February 7, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music student Bryan Hymel won the first place prize of Metropolitan Opera's Gulf Coast Regional Auditions. The competition, which took place on Sunday, February 13, 2000 in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall of the College of Music, featured vocalists from across the Gulf Coast and Puerto Rico.

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 won a $5,300 prize and advances to the national semifinals, with the potential to win up to $15,000 in prize money. The national finals will be held on March 5 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

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