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

Handel: Messiah / Hickox, Terfel, Langridge, Rodgers, Et Al
Release Date: 07/29/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 522   Number of Discs: 2
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Delius: Sea Drift, Songs Of Sunset, Etc / Hickox, Terfel
Release Date: 03/15/1994   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9214   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 101.
    Puccini: Tosca / Chailly, Malfitano, Terfel
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001010309 Release Date: 11/13/2007  
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Richard Margison,  Bryn Terfel,  Catherine Malfitano
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Classic Fm Relax
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 739848 Release Date: 10/30/2007  
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Isabel Siewers,  Jian Wang,  Göran Söllscher,  Patrick Hawes  ... 
    Conductor:  William Boughton,  David Zinman,  Frank Perkins,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band  ... 
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  • 103.
    Elgar: Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations / Cohen, Terfel, Mackerras
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4428280 Release Date: 10/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Robert Cohen,  Bryn Terfel,  Alison Hagley
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 104.
    We Wish You A Merry Christmas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000984202 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roberto Alagna,  Michael Praetorius,  Irving Berlin,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  Bryn Terfel,  André Rieu,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh,  André Rieu,  Kurt Adler,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Johann Strauss Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 105.
    Elgar: Starlight Express, Wand Of Youth, Etc / Mackerras
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433214 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Alison Hagley
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Bryn Terfel - A Song In My Heart
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000915802 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel
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  • 107.
    Verdi: Il Trovatore, Falstaff, Rigoletto
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 980 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  José Cura,  Verónica Villarroel,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Gweneth-Ann Jeffers  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Bernard Haitink,  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Grand Prix - An Die Musik - Favorite Schubert Songs / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000874902 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel
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  • 109.
    Tutto Mozart / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000719402 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  David Watkin,  Christine Rice,  Miah Persson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Weekend Classics - A Verdi Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000769502 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi,  Placido Domingo,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Renata Scotto  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Carlos Kleiber,  Claudio Abbado,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 111.
    Classic Opera - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Bonynge, Sutherland, Bergonzi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000717102 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Cilèa
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Leo Nucci,  Francesco Ellero d'Artegna,  Frances Ginzer  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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  • 112.
    The Wonder Of Christmas / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 70047 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Robert MacGimsey,  Traditional,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Performer:  Audra McDonald,  Renée Fleming,  Frederica Von Stade,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Cronkite,  Craig Jessop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra at Temple Square,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Bells on Temple Square
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  • 113.
    Everybody's Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000707102 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Teresa Berganza,  Joan Edwards,  Margreta Elkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Edward Downes,  Richard Bonynge,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 114.
    The Mozart Album / Netrebko, Quasthoff, Garanca, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000673002 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christine Rice,  Miah Persson,  Bryn Terfel,  Erika Miklosa  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Claudio Abbado,  Sebastian Weigle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 115.
    Essential Choral Classics
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000691802 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gustav Mahler,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Mirella Freni,  Lucia Valentini-Terrani,  Ruggero Raimondi,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerold Ottley,  Romano Gandolfi,  Sir Georg Solti,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Vienna Concert-Verein  ... 
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  • 116.
    Mozart: Great Opera Moments 1 / Bartoli, Domingo, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000573302 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  David Aronson,  Anna Netrebko,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Gianandrea Noseda,  James Levine,  John Pritchard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 117.
    Mozart: Great Opera Moments 2 / Bartoli, Fleming, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000573402 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Bryn Terfel,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  James Levine,  Karl Böhm,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 118.
    Metropolitan Opera Gala - James Levine's 25th Anniversary
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000460209 Release Date: 11/22/2005  
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Jerry Hadley,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 119.
    Jessye Norman Collection - Schoenberg;  Stravinsky
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000551202 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Harry Peeters,  Georges Wilson,  Jessye Norman,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shinyukai Choir,  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 120.
    The Mozart Collection - Limited Edition Box Set
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000552802 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Willard White,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Sir Georg Solti,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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  • 121.
    A Christmas Nativity
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000538902 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gloria Shayne Baker,  Michael Praetorius,  William J. Kirkpatrick,  Lewis H. Redner  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Way,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Scott,  Richard Westenburg,  Richard Bonynge,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Trapp Family Singers  ... 
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  • 122.
    Simple Gifts / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000477202 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Stanley Myers,  William Gould Tomer,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  John Williams,  Simon Keenlyside,  Aled Jones
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 123.
    Waters: Ça Ira / Terfel, Huang, Groves
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 96439 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Roger Waters
    Performer:  Huang Ying,  Paul Groves,  Jamie Bower,  Ismael Lo  ... 
    Conductor:  Rick Wentworth,  Richard Wentworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Orchestra,  London Voices,  Italia Conti Children's Choir  ... 
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  • 124.
    The Classical Album 2005
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000529102 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Agustín Lara,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Lorin Maazel,  Bryn Terfel,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 125.
    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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