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
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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  • 126.
    Cecilia & Bryn - Duets / Chung, Orchestra Of Santa Cecilia
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1154012 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Cecilia Bartoli,  John Fisher
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 127.
    Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard / Marriner
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462508 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Jean Rigby,  Kurt Streit,  Thomas Allen,  Robert Lloyd  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 128.
    Barbara Bonney Sings Mozart
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460571 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Petteri Salomaa,  Barbara Bonney,  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd,  Arleen Augér  ... 
    Conductor:  Arnold Östman,  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra,  Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 129.
    Hymn For The World 2 / Chung, Bartoli, Bocelli, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459146 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Eric Levi,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Andrea Bocelli,  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 130.
    The All-star Christmas Album / Battle, Brightman, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457357 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  James Lancelot,  Paul Miles-Kingston,  Sarah Brightman,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Ion Marin,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 131.
    Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust / Chung, Von Otter, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453500 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Victor von Halem,  David Nicklass,  Keith Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Eton College Boys' Choir
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  • 132.
    The Berlin Gala - A Salute To Carmen / Abbado, Von Otter, Terfel, Pletnev, Shaham, Bpo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457583 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Gil Shaham,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra,  South Tirol Children's Choir
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  • 133.
    Handel: Arias / Bryn Terfel, Mackerras
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453480 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 134.
    Mendelssohn: Elijah / Daniel, Terfel, Fleming, Bardon, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455688 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Patricia Bardon,  John Mark Ainsley,  Libby Crabtree  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Edinburgh Festival Chorus,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 135.
    The Classic Christmas Album / Carreras, Norman, Domingo, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449965 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Arcangelo Corelli,  George Frideric Handel,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jessye Norman  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Trevor Pinnock,  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Barry Rose  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Concert Choir,  English Concert  ... 
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  • 136.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Solti, Terfel, Fleming, Murray, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455500 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mario Luperi,  Michele Pertusi,  Ann Murray,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 137.
    James Levine's 25th Anniversary - Metropolitan Opera Gala
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449177 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Strauss,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Grace Bumbry,  Karita Mattila,  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 138.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Abbado, Eaglen, Terfel, Meier, Heppner
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62634 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Bryn Terfel,  Ben Heppner,  Jane Eaglen
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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  • 139.
    Ben Heppner Sings Lohengrin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68239 Release Date: 07/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Ben Heppner,  Sharon Sweet,  Eva Martón  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus members,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 140.
    Bryn Terfel - Opera Arias / Levine, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445866 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 141.
    The Vagabond / Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445946 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Butterworth,  Gerald Finzi,  John Ireland,  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Malcolm Martineau
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  • 142.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Davis, Rootering, Heppner, Sweet
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62646 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 143.
    Schumann: Scenes from Goethe's Faust / Terfel, Mattila, Abbado
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66308 Release Date: 02/28/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Karita Mattila,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 144.
    Strauss: Salome / Dohnanyi, Malfitano, Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444178 Release Date: 02/10/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Riegel,  Martin Gantner,  Hanna Schwarz  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 145.
    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Terfel, Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 439871 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alison Hagley,  Rodney Gilfry,  Carlos Feller,  Susan McCulloch  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 146.
    Britten: Gloriana / Barstow, Langridge, Kenny, Jones
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440213 Release Date: 06/01/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Jonathan Summers,  Bryn Terfel,  John Shirley-Quirk,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 147.
    Puccini: Tosca / Sinopoli, Freni, Domingo, Ramey
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431775 Release Date: 09/15/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Bryn Terfel,  Anthony Laciura,  Angelo Veccia  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Handel: Messiah / Hickox, Terfel, Langridge, Rodgers, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 522 Release Date: 07/29/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Joan Rodgers,  Philip Langridge,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 149.
    Strauss: Salome / Sinopoli, Studer, Terfel, Rysanek
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431810 Release Date: 10/11/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  Leonie Rysanek,  Horst Hiestermann,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 150.
    Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine / Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 429565 Release Date: 10/12/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker,  Bryn Terfel,  Sandro Naglia  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts,  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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