Bryn Terfel

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Biography

Born: Nov 9, 1965; Wales  
The Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel rose with astonishing speed to the top ranks of international operatic stardom in the 1990s. He is known for a big, warm voice, intelligent and dramatically apt portrayals, a six-foot-three-inch frame and those intangibles that add up to star presence.
He was born Bryn Terfel Jones and was brought up in a small village near Snowdonia, speaking Welsh. Even as a small child he was busy singing; he went to
Read more various eisteddfods (singing competitions) throughout Wales, his supportive mother, Nesta, chauffeuring him around. He used the money he won to buy soccer shoes. The eisteddfods taught him to face the stage calmly. "When I went to college I was streets ahead of others because I was used to facing the public," he says. He was awarded a scholarship when he applied to London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His teachers there were Arthur Reckless and Rudolf Piernay. Since there was already a professional singer named Bryn Jones, he adopted his middle name, for his stage billing.
He won two of the main prizes for Guildhall singers: the Kathleen Ferrier Scholarship in 1988 and the 1989 Gold Medal Award. Also in 1989, he won the Lieder Prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and second prize all-around in that competition. This competition is broadcast Europe-wide, and he immediately began getting requests to sing from the leading conductors. Sir Georg Solti called him "one of the great talents of the last ten years."
Although he got offers for all sorts of repertory, he weighed them with care, with a view to preserving the voice through a long career. Although he was already being offered the role of Wotan in three of Wagner's Ring operas, he started singing such roles as Figaro, and Leporello (lighter and more lyrical roles) and Jokanaan in Strauss' Salome (a heavier, though still lyrical, one, but relatively short). He edged into Wagnerian territory in the lyrical part of Wolfram in Tannhäusser, a part known for the lovely "Song to the Evening Star." In 1992, he won the Gramophone Magazine "Young Singer of the Year" citation and the "Newcomer of the Year" award at the inaugural International Classical Music Awards in 1993.
He has added Dr. Miracle and Captain Balstrode (Britten's Peter Grimes) to his roles, moved over from Leporello to Don Giovanni, sung Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, and has triumphed in Verdi's Falstaff, which he plays with notable humanity and restraint; his Falstaff is a braggart who overrates himself, but not the buffoon some other singers make him. He also sings the evil Scarpia in Tosca.
He is active on the recital and concert stage. Mendelssohn's Elijah is one of his mainstays. Songs of Handel, Vaughan Williams, Schubert, and Richard Rodgers figure in his recitals and recordings.
He remains a passionate fan of football (both soccer and rugby) and enjoys opening major international matches such as the Bledisloe Cup in Australia. When the Rugby World Cup was held in Cardiff, Wales, he opened it with a memorable duet with pop singing star Shirley Bassey of the Rugby theme song, "World In Union."
In 1999, the small Welsh island of Bardsey revived an ancient tradition (which died out in 1927) by inviting Terfel to become their honorary monarch. Even though he has conquered the world of opera -- even overcoming the dismal acoustics of the Sydney Opera House -- he remains centered on Wales, where, whenever he can, he still helps his father with the farming chores. Read less
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress /Gardiner, Bostridge, Terfel
Release Date: 08/10/1999   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 459648   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: Falstaff / Abbado, Terfel, Pieczonka, Berlin Po, Etc
Release Date: 08/14/2001   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 471194   Number of Discs: 2
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Strauss: Salome / Sinopoli, Studer, Terfel, Rysanek
Release Date: 10/11/1991   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 431810   Number of Discs: 2
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Strauss: Salome / Dohnanyi, Malfitano, Terfel, Et Al
Release Date: 02/10/1995   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 444178   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Terfel, Fleming, Levine, et al
Release Date: 05/10/2005   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000405109   Number of Discs: 2
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    Jenkins: Cantata Memoria
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002560302 Release Date: 10/07/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins
    Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas,  Bryn Terfel,  Catrin Finch
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    Great Arias: Inbrunst im Herzen - Famous German Arias & Scenes
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109244 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Eva Martón,  Bryn Terfel,  Catherine Malfitano  ... 
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    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109245 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Eva Martón,  Bryn Terfel,  Catherine Malfitano  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Donald Runnicles,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
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    Opera Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002503602 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Mirella Freni  ... 
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    Shakespeare in Music & Words
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002488902 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gerald Finzi,  Charles Gounod,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Amy Dickson,  Renée Fleming,  André Rieu,  Jennifer Vyvyan  ... 
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    Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002464702 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andrew Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Renée Fleming,  Bryn Terfel,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
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    Handel: Messiah (Highlights) / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5147220 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Rolando Villazón,  Tamara Mumford,  Sonya Yoncheva,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra at Temple Square,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    Handel: Messiah / Mormon Tabernacle Choir [2 CD + DVD]
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5147225 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Tamara Mumford,  Sonya Yoncheva,  Rolando Villazón,  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
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  • 10.
    Mozart:  Don Giovanni / Barenboim, Netrebko, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002415309 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Giuseppe Filianoti,  Anna Netrebko,  Bryn Terfel,  Peter Mattei  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Barenboim, Netrebko, Terfel [Blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002415259 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Barbara Frittoli,  Anna Prohaska,  Peter Mattei,  Kwangchul Youn  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 12.
    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
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    Karl Jenkins: Voices
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552553 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins,  Unspecified,  Spoken Word
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    Puccini Opera Collection (3pc)
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1184 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Kostas Smoriginas,  Inna Dukach,  Gabriele Viviani,  Hibla Gerzmava  ... 
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons,  Antonio Pappano,  Henrik Nánási
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Puccini Opera Collection [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7176 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Kostas Smoriginas,  Inna Dukach,  Gabriele Viviani,  Hibla Gerzmava  ... 
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons,  Antonio Pappano,  Henrik Nánási
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 16.
    Still With The Music: The Album
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552552 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins
    Performer:  Karl Jenkins,  Frank Ricotti,  Mike Taylor,  Miriam Stockley  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Long,  Pasi Hyökki,  Robert S. J. Wright,  Robert Childs  ... 
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  • 17.
    Delius: Sea Drift, Songs Of Sunset, Etc / Hickox, Terfel
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10868 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Sally Burgess
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta Chorus,  Waynflete Singers  ... 
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    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Terfel, Salminen, Kampe, Altinoglu
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002264809 Release Date: 03/17/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Anja Kampe,  Bryn Terfel,  Marco Jentzsch,  Matti Salminen  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
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    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Terfel, Salminen, Kampe, Altinoglu [Blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002264759 Release Date: 03/17/2015  
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
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    Encores! - Great Performances at the Met
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002250109 Release Date: 02/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
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    Claudio Abbado New Years Eve Concerts Box [3 Blu-rays]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2013504 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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    Seiji Ozawa - The Philips Years: Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002185602 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 50
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  • 23.
    Strauss: Salome / Dohnanyi, Malfitano, Terfel, Schwarz, Braga, Olsen
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002141502 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Walter Zeh,  Catherine Malfitano,  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Riegel  ... 
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