Bryn Terfel
Bass baritone

Season 17/18 Artist
© Brian Tarr

Bryn Terfel has been particularly acclaimed for his portrayals of Figaro, Falstaff and Wotan. He made his debut in 1990 at Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. The following year, he sang the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte at La Monnaie, Brussels, and made his American debut in the role of Figaro at Santa Fe Opera. Other roles that have marked his career include the Dutchman in Der Fliegende Holländer, Mephistopheles in Faust, Leporello and the title role in Don Giovanni, Jochanaan in Salome, Scarpia in Tosca, the title role of Gianni Schicchi, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, the four devilish characters in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore, and the title role of Sweeney Todd. In 2010, he made his debut as Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at Welsh National Opera. During the 2011-2012 season, he sang Leporello and Scarpia at La Scala, Milan. In 2012, he sang Wotan in the Ring at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, the Dutchman at Zurich Opera, Scarpia at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich. In 2014, he sang Sweeney Todd at the Lincoln Centre, New York, and Mephistopheles and Dulcamara at Covent Garden. In 2015 he is making his debut as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof with Grange Park Opera. His huge discography includes operas by Mozart, Wagner and Richard Strauss, and he has garnered numerous Grammy, Classical Brit and Gramophone Awards. He has also made a dozen solo albums of Lieder, musicals, Welsh songs and sacred music.

Creations at the Opera

  • Don Giovanni

    Don Giovanni - 1999

  • Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr Miracle, Dapertutto

    Les Contes d’Hofmann - 2002

Currently in

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