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Sir Bryn Terfel was born in Wales and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. 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’Hoffmann, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore.
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.
These last two seasons, he sang the title roles 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 in Bilbao, Scarpia at the Royal Opera House in London, the Staatsoper in Vienna and at the Opera Națională București, Falstaff at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Opernhaus in Zurich and at the Grange Park Opera, Balstrode at the Staatsoper in Vienna and at the Royal Opera House in London, Don Pizarro (Fidelio) at the Schloßberg in Graz and Don Pasquale at the Royal Opera House in London. He also gave recitals in Tokyo, Moscow, London, Monte-Carlo and Zurich.
His discography includes an extensive catalogue of operas by Mozart, Wagner and Strauss. 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.
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