Bryn Terfel



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
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Lopez-Cobos, Terfel, Swenson, Shicoff
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 107027   Number of Discs: 2
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Cecilia & Bryn At Glyndebourne - Arias & Duets [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 07/29/2008   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7005   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 101.
    Bryn Terfel Yn Canu Caneuon Meirion Williams
    Label: Sain   Catalog: 2013 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Meirion Williams
    Performer:  Annette Bryn Parri,  Bryn Terfel
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  • 102.
    Karl Jenkins: Requiem, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57966 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins
    Performer:  Gavin Horsley,  Clive Bell,  Catrin Finch,  Nicole Tibbels  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Jenkins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West Kazakhstan Philharmonia Orchestra,  Caerdydd Chorus,  Serendipity
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  • 103.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Terfel, Fleming, Levine, et al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000405109 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Relyea,  Hong Hei-Kyung,  Bryn Terfel,  Paul Groves  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Bear Essentials - Remembrance Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24117 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Eric Coates,  Gordon Langford,  William Paris Chambers,  Henry Walford Davies  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Bott,  Bryn Terfel,  Roderick Elms,  Libby Crabtree  ... 
    Conductor:  Alex Evans,  Roy Newsome,  Richard Hickox,  Matthias Bamert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cranwell Royal Air Force College Band,  Besses o' th' Barn Band,  Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards  ... 
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  • 105.
    The British Music Collection - Finzi: In Terra Pax, Amen, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468807 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Libby Crabtree,  Donald Sweeney,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  David Hill,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 106.
    Ireland: Greater Love Hath No Name, Etc / Hickox, Bott, Etc
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10110 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ireland
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Paula Bott,  Teresa Shaw,  James Oxley  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 107.
    The #1 Mozart Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000063902 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Willard White,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 108.
    Under The Stars / Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473250 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucy Simon,  Stephen Sondheim,  John Kander,  Rupert Holmes  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471717 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Teresa Berganza,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Richard Bonynge,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 110.
    Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Solti, Marton, Moser, Studer
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 071425 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Eva Martón,  Thomas Moser,  Cheryl Studer,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Mahler - The Complete Recordings / Sinopoli, Philharmonia
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471451 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Bernd Weikl,  Iris Vermillion,  Keith Lewis,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Shinyukai Choir  ... 
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  • 112.
    The Voice Of The Baroque - Bartoli, Berganza, Price, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472315 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel  ... 
    Performer:  Dana Hanchard,  Sylvia McNair,  Bryn Terfel,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Karl Richter,  Barry Rose  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Munich Bach Orchestra  ... 
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  • 113.
    The #1 Choral Album - Beethoven, Handel, Verdi, Bizet, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470382 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  John Tavener,  Charles Gounod,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Walker,  Stephen Doughty,  Bryn Terfel,  James Morris  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Stephen Cleobury,  Richard Bonynge,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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  • 114.
    Wagner / Terfel, Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471348 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Mozart: Le Nozze de Figaro / Gardiner, Terfel, Gilfry, Hagley
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 073018 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Bryn Terfel,  Francis Egerton,  Rodney Gilfry  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 116.
    Verdi: Falstaff / Abbado, Terfel, Pieczonka, Berlin Po, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471194 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Dorothea Röschmann,  Daniil Shtoda  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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  • 117.
    Essential Mozart - 32 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468517 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Margaret Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Sir Georg Solti,  Willi Boskovsky,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester College Chapel Choir,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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  • 118.
    Festive Baroque - Albinoni, Corelli, Et Al / Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469247 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Hans-Peter Westermann,  Piet Dhont,  Michael Niesemann  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Reinhard Goebel,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 119.
    The #1 Opera Album Vol 1
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467632 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Andrea Bocelli,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Michele Pertusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Leone Magiera,  Sir Georg Solti,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 120.
    Bryn Terfel - We'll Keep A Welcome
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463593 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Joseph Parry,  David Richards,  Mai Jones  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Meinir Heulyn,  Katherine Thomas,  Bryan Davies
    Conductor:  Gareth Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Black Mountain Chorus,  Risca Male Choir,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Schumann: Liederkreis Op 39, Romanzen & Balladen / Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447042 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel,  Timothy Robinson,  Lorna Anderson
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  • 122.
    Christmas À La Carte / Bartoli, Domingo, Mutter, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459155 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Gabriel Fauré,  Saverio Mercadante,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  Placido Domingo,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Simon Preston,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 123.
    Mozart: Requiem / Mattila, Mingardo, Schade, Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463181 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rachel Harnisch,  Kay Johannsen,  Karita Mattila,  Sara Mingardo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress /Gardiner, Bostridge, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459648 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Deborah York,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Anne Howells  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 125.
    In Paradisum - Fauré, Duruflé / Chung, Bartoli, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459365 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Duruflé,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Bryn Terfel,  Daniele Rossi
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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