Star US tenor has coughing fit in Munich premiere

We hear the Bryan Hymel had to be substituted during last night’s premiere of Verdi’s Sicilian Vespers at Bavarian State Opera.

After a coughing fit in the fourth act, he was replaced by Leonardo Caimi, singing from the wings.

The US soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott sustained the show.

Omer Meir Wellber conducted.

Let us know if you were there. No reviews have yet appeared.


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    • God is indeed in Hymel (on most evenings) …

      But God is most definitely not with this atrocious production, in which, among other things, hip-hop music is substituted for Verdi’s long “four seasons” ballet — with Omer Meir Wellber complicit and wearing hip-hop headphones for the episode.

      And yes, there was a review on BR 24 during the night.

  • Bryan has been sick for last weeks and missed almost all the rehearsals to recover for the premiere. He sang well till the big aria in the 4th act – although it was evident that he was fighting with a cough attack – and was close to loose the control. But he mastered it in a very professional way.
    Poor Caimi was told already that Hymel would finish the show – when suddenly Hymel went off stage and told that he can’t go on… Caimi had literally 2 minutes to warm up the voice… Bravo for both professionals to save the show.

  • Did Caimi not rehearse the production? If he did, why did he stay in the wings?
    Presumably Hymel had to keep acting until the end, despite his coughing fit.

    • As far as I know, Caimi did not rehearse the production. There was no announcement or break either, because in this production acts 4 and 5 are staged without a break or curtain.

      Caimi sang fron the side

    • I doubt if Caimi would have had a lot of time at his disposal for rehearsals. He is currently singing Turiddu at La Monnaie.

      • What was he doing in the house then? Did they invite him specifically to sit in the wings in case Hymel couldn’t finish?

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