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8th Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award handed to tenor Bryan Hymel

By Ema White on Mar 26, 2013 11:40 AM EDT

Tenor singer Bryan Hymel became the recipient of the 8th Beverly Sills Artist Award, the largest of its kind in the United States.

Bryan Hymel [PHOTOS] 

The annual Beverly Sills Artist Award is handed each year to the Metropolitan Opera young and talented singers between ages of 25-40. The award which comes with the prize of $50,000, was created to help further careers of the recipients such as funding for voice and language lessons, vocal coaching, travel costs, among others.

Bryan Hymel made his MET debut just last December in Zambello's 'Les Troyens,' where he portrayed Aeneas. Hymel made his first MET stage appearance as a participant in the 2000 National Council Grand Finals Concert.

Watch Bryan Hymel - "Inutiles regrets" - Les Troyens 2013
 

Hymel was presented with the award at MET by Muffy Greenough, daughter of Beverly Sills.

Hymel expressed, "I am honored and humbled to receive the Beverly Sills Artist Award. I have always admired Ms. Sills' unparalleled performing career, consummate artistry, and exceptionally giving and successful work in arts administration, and I am grateful to be associated with such an extraordinary legacy."

Hymel continues, "Her commanding vocalism and grace onstage were an inspiration for me in my unexpected Met debut this year. I offer sincere thanks to the Agnes Varis Trust, Peter Gelb, and the talented staff of the Metropolitan Opera."

Hymel became the recipient of the Beverly Sills Artist Award following past recipients such as mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, tenor Matthew Polenzani, soprano Angela Meade, baritone Nathan Gunn, just to name a few.

Bryan Hymel will return to MET's stage in January 2014, when he will sing the role of Pinkerton in Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly.'

Bryan Hymel [PHOTOS] 

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