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
Schumann: Scenes from Goethe's Faust / Terfel, Mattila, Abbado
Release Date: 02/28/1995   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 66308   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    Mozart: Le Nozze De Figaro / Gardiner, Terfel, Gilfry, Hagley
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 073018 Release Date: 11/20/2001  
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    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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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    Meirion Williams: Welsh Folk Songs / Bryn Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 263 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Meirion Williams
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Annette Bryn Parri
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  • 160.
    Ave Maria - The Ultimate Sacred Christmas Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 465932 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Reger,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Trevor Pinnock,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  English Concert Choir  ... 
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  • 161.
    New Years Gala 1997 - A Tribute To Carmen / Abbado
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100027 Release Date: 10/03/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Manuel de Falla,  Maurice Ravel,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Bryn Terfel,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 162.
    Bryn Terfel - We'll Keep A Welcome
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463593 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Owen Williams,  T. Gwynn Jones,  Arwel Hughes,  A. H. D. Troyte  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Bryan Davies,  Meinir Heulyn,  Katherine Thomas
    Conductor:  Gareth Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Risca Male Choir,  Black Mountain Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 163.
    The Greatest Mozart Show On Earth
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466494 Release Date: 04/03/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Willi Boskovsky,  Sir Georg Solti,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Mozart Ensemble,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 164.
    Songs Of My Welsh Home / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81249 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Samuel Hughes,  Mansel Treharne Thomas,  William Davies,  W. Albert Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Annette Bryn Parri,  Bryn Terfel,  John Eifion,  Ann Hopcyn
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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    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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  • 168.
    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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  • 169.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Mackerras, Rodgers, Jones, Et Al
    Label: Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 72850 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Peter Bronder,  Bryn Terfel,  Joan Rodgers
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
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  • 170.
    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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  • 171.
    Cecilia & Bryn - Duets / Chung, Orchestra Of Santa Cecilia
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458928 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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  • 172.
    The Classic Wedding Album /Domingo, Terfel, Te Kanawa, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445478 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Felix Mendelssohn,  George Frideric Handel,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  José Carreras,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Leonard Bernstein,  Paul Daniel,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 173.
    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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  • 174.
    Barbara Bonney Sings Mozart
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460571 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Bryn Terfel,  Håkan Hagegård,  Robert Wörle  ... 
    Conductor:  Arnold Östman,  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra,  Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 175.
    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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