MILAN (AP) — U.S. tenor Bryan Hymel is bringing American swagger to the role of F.B. Pinkerton for La Scala's gala season premiere of Puccini's "Madama Butterfy" next week.
Hymel said Wednesday he's been hired often, especially abroad, to perform the role of the U.S. naval officer who takes a Japanese bride with tragic consequences.
He says: "I think there is something about the American swagger....That's the way I play it. I play it very big, very relaxed."
La Scala is reviving the original Puccini production that was so hotly contested on its 1904 world premiere at the Milan opera house it hasn't been staged there since.
La Scala's principal conductor, Riccardo Chailly, will conduct the Dec. 7 season-opener.
This will be Hymel's first gala season premiere at La Scala.