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Bryn Terfel
Bass baritone

Season 20/21 Artist
© Brian Tarr

Sir Bryn Terfel was born in Wales and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 1989, he was named BBC “Singer of the World” in the Lieder category and in 1990 he made his debut at the Welsh National Opera in the role of Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. The following year, he sang the role of the Speaker in Die Zauberflote at La Monnaie in Brussels and then made his American debut in the role of Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera. He has performed numerous roles throughout his career, including the Dutchman in Der Fliegende Hollander, 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 Demons in the Contes d’Hofmann, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, and Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. In 2015, he celebrated his 50th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his career at a special gala at the Royal Albert Hall followed by a concert performance of Tosca at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. More recently, he has appeared as the Dutchman in Zurich, Falstaff at the Paris Opera and the Royal Opera House in London and he also participated in the world premiere production of Hwn Yw Fy Mrawd (This is my Brother) by Robat Arwyn at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. During the 2019-2020 season, he sang the title role in Sweeney Todd in Zurich, Boris Godunov at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Royal Opera House in London, the Dutchman at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and Scarpia at the Royal Opera House. His career has been marked by numerous high points including his debut in the role of Hans Sachs at the Welsh National Opera, Wotan in Wagner’s Ring at London’s Royal Opera House and the New York Metropolitan Opera, his debut in the role of Reb Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof) at the Grange Park Opera, Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera House, and Sweeney Todd at the English national Opera. His discography includes an extensive catalogue of operas by Mozart, Wagner and Richard Strauss, which have earned him several Grammys, Classical Brits and Gramophone Awards. He has also recorded a dozen solo albums of Lieder, stage musicals, Welsh songs and sacred music. A Commander of the British Empire, Sir Bryn Terfel received a knighthood in 2017. In 2006, he was the recipient of the last Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation.

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

Distinctions

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

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