Critics pick favorites at upcoming Met Opera season

Herald & Review

Two tragedies of love and death, along with the inspiring story of a patriot who leads his people against foreign oppressors, top the critics' picks for the upcoming Metropolitan Opera season.

The Associated Press asked music reviewers and writers around the country which single production they were most looking forward to. Of the two dozen who responded, virtually all chose one of these three:

American tenor Bryan Hymel, who takes on the notoriously difficult role of Arnold in "Tell." James Jorden, who covers opera for the New York Observer, wrote: "Much as I adore my divas, the performance I'm already losing sleep over is Bryan Hymel as Arnold, a meeting of a skyscraper of a role with a once-in-a-century voice that seems literally to have no upper limit."
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