Bryan Hymel (born 8 August 1979) is an American operatic tenor who was born and raised in New Orleans. He was the winner of the George London Award in 2007. In 2008 he had a great run of success in competitions, being named the First-Prize winner of the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition, the Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition, and the Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation Competition, and in 2009 he was named Top Prize Winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition. The Metropolitan Opera’s annual Artist Award established in 2006 in honour of Beverly Sills, a well-known supporter of developing young artists. The $50,000 prize, the largest of its kind in the United States, is given to a talented American singer between the ages of 25 and 40, who has already appeared in solo roles at the Met. Hymel made his company debut as a late replacement earlier this season as Aeneas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens. His performance was also transmitted worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. The 33-year-old will return to the Met in January 2014 to sing the role of Pinkerton in Puccini’sMadama Butterfly.