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Bryn Terfel

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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
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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    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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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    If Ever I Would Leave You / Bryn Terfel, Paul Daniel, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457628 Release Date: 10/06/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Burton Lane,  Frederick Loewe,  Charles Strouse
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia,  Opera North Chorus
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  • 167.
    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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  • 168.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Abbado, Keenlyside, Remiglio, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457601 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Uwe Heilmann,  Patrizia Pace,  Soile Isokoski,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrara Musica Chorus,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    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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  • 171.
    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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  • 172.
    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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  • 173.
    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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  • 174.
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4581182 Release Date: 08/11/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  José Carreras,  Bryn Terfel,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir G. Solti,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan,  Alberto Erede  ... 
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  • 175.
    Mozart: Idomeneo / Levine, Domingo, Bartoli, Vaness
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447737 Release Date: 10/22/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carol Vaness,  Frank Lopardo,  Thomas Hampson,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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