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Loyola-trained opera star Bryan Hymel returns to alma mater for special masterclass

Loyola press release - October 15, 2014

International opera star and Loyola University New Orleans alumnus Bryan Hymel '01, tenor, will return to his alma mater to present a free masterclass as a part of the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola. Hymel's masterclass is set for Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on the university’s main campus. Loyola hosts these and other masterclasses to give students a chance to learn from internationally successful artists and to gain insight from people who have built a strong career in the performing arts.

"Loyola’s vocal performance program emphasizes an individualized approach to each singer’s needs," said Meg Frazier, Loyola's associate professor of music and director of choral activities. "Singers take private voice lessons with our highly experienced voice faculty, whose years of teaching and performing provide a level of instruction and insight that most undergraduate singers just don’t have access to.”

Hymel, who made his Metropolitan Opera debut when he stepped in as a last-minute replacement in its production of “Les Troyens,” is one of the fastest-rising tenor stars in the opera world. As a highly sought-after recitalist and concert performer, he has appeared in many of the world’s most accomplished opera houses and festivals. Among his accolades, Hymel won the Beverly Sills Award in 2012. He began the 2012-2013 season as Rodolfo in “La Bohème” for the Opera Company of Philadelphia before returning to London to sing the challenging title role in Meyerbeer’s “Robert le Diable” for the Royal Opera House. Hymel also starred in the New Orleans Opera production of “Carmen” earlier this month.

Hymel’s training at Loyola echoes the same approach in all of its students so that they may reach the same level of success.

"Because we are a Jesuit school, there is a spiritual component to our students' training, too, and we do not hesitate to talk about the spiritual side of singing," said Ellen Frohnmayer, associate professor of voice at Loyola. "I know that this is important to Bryan Hymel, and to many of our singers. The attentiveness that we give them produces a richly layered artistry in a young singer, which can lead to many kinds of success for them, and we are proud of our young singers at Loyola.”