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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  • 126.
    Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Ozawa, Norman, Langridge
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000388309 Release Date: 06/14/2005  
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Jessye Norman,  Philip Langridge
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    Silent Noon / Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775336 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Michael Head,  Dilys Elwyn-Edwards,  Frederick Keel  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Malcolm Martineau
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  • 130.
    Total Classics / Pavarotti, Westenra, Terfel, Fleming, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000395202 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  John Tavener,  Ludovico Einaudi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Renée Fleming,  Sarah Brightman,  Ian Le Grice  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani,  Stephen Layton,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Roger Norrington  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Holst Singers,  Czech National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 131.
    Serene Spirit - Divine Harmonies For Mind And Soul
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000389602 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Richard Wagner,  Luigi Cherubini  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Cheryl Studer,  Timothy Farrell,  Pavel Gililov  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Christian Thielemann,  Igor Markevitch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 132.
    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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  • 133.
    British Music Collection - Elgar / Britten, Marriner, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 473249 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Alison Hagley,  Della Jones,  Peter Pears  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Rodney Bashford,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Grenadier Guards Band  ... 
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  • 134.
    British Music Collection - William Walton Centenary Edition
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000213402 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Robert Cohen,  Tasmin Little,  Paul Neubauer,  Timothy Byram-Wigfield  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Waynflete Singers,  Winchester Cathedral Choir  ... 
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  • 135.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Terfel, Bonney, Abbado, Berlin PO
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101047 Release Date: 04/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus
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  • 136.
    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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  • 137.
    Expanded Edition - Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Abbado, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93011 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Ben Heppner,  Bryn Terfel,  Jane Eaglen
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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  • 138.
    Love Moods - The Most Romantic Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000174302 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Schmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Teresa Berganza,  Gil Shaham,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 139.
    Viaggio Italiano (+2 Bonus Tracks) (Uk Special Edition)
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 476131 Release Date: 01/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrea Bocelli,  John Francis Wade,  Ernesto Tagliaferri,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Bryn Terfel
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  • 140.
    Bryn - Bryn Terfel Sings Favorites
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000130502 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Hoagy Carmichael,  William Henry Monk,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Catrin Finch,  Bryn Terfel,  Martin Taylor,  Neil Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 141.
    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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  • 142.
    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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  • 143.
    The Voice Of America / Fleming, Hampson, Troyanos, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000047802 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  John Stafford Smith,  Traditional,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Warren Jones,  Samuel Ramey,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Silverstein,  Eric Rogers,  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra,  Eric Rogers Orchestra,  Eric Rogers Chorale  ... 
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  • 144.
    Strauss: Salome / Dohnányi, Malfitano, Terfel, Silja
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 074105 Release Date: 05/13/2003  
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Anja Silja,  Kenneth Riegel,  Robert Gambill  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 145.
    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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  • 146.
    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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  • 147.
    The Art Of Cecilia Bartoli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473380 Release Date: 10/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Roberto De Candia,  Bryn Terfel,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Claudio Abbado,  Bernhard Forck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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  • 148.
    Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Solti, Marton, Moser, Studer
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 071425 Release Date: 09/24/2002  
    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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  • 149.
    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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  • 150.
    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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