Bryn Terfel
Bass baritone

© Brian Tarr

Bryn Terfel is particularly famous for his interpretation of the roles of Figaro, Falstaff and Wotan. He made his debut in 1990 at the Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. The following year, he played the Speaker of the Temple in The Magic Flute at La Monnaie in Brussels and made his American debut in the role of Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera. The other roles that have marked his career include the Dutchman in The Flying Dutchman, Mephistopheles in Faust, Leporello and the title role in Don Giovanni, Jochanaan in Salomé, Scarpia in Tosca, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, the four demonic characters in The Tales of Hofmann, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore, and the title role in Sweeney Todd. In 2010, he performed the role of Hans Sachs (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) for the first time at the Welsh National Opera. During the 2011/ 2012 season, he played Leporello and Scarpia at Milan’s La Scala.
In 2012, he sang the role of Wotan in the Ring at London’s Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Dutchman at the Zurich Opera, and Scarpia at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In 2014, he played Sweeney Todd at New York ‘s Lincoln Center, Mephistopheles and Dulcamara at London’s Covent Garden. In 2015 he performed the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof for the first time at Grange Park Opera and in 2016, he sang the title role in Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. He has performed at the Paris Opera in Don Giovanni (title role), The Tales of Hoffmann, La Damnation de Faust and Tosca.
He has an extensive discography of operas by Mozart, Wagner and Richard Strauss to his credit and has won several Grammy, Classical Brit and Gramophone Awards. He has also recorded numerous albums including Lieder, stage musicals, Welsh songs and sacred music. In 2003, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2006 he was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music for his contribution in promoting music in Great Britain. He also received the Shakespeare Prize awarded by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg.

Scarpia at the Metropolitan Opera, the Dutchman in Zurich and at the Baden-Baden Festival and Falstaff at the Royal Opera House in London.

Creations at the Opera

  • Don Giovanni

    Don Giovanni - 1999

  • Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr Miracle, Dapertutto

    Les Contes d’Hofmann - 2002

Career history

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London


BBC "Singer of the World" in the Lieder category in 1989 Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003 Queen’s Medal for Music in 2006 Alfred Toepfer Foundation Shakespeare Prize, Hamburg