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

Verdi: Falstaff / Haitink, Terfel, Frittoli
Release Date: 04/28/2009   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 823   Number of Discs: 1
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Cecilia & Bryn At Glyndebourne - Arias & Duets
Release Date: 07/29/2008   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 840   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Twilight Of The Gods - The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001724902 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jennifer Johnson,  Eric Owens,  Lisette Oropesa,  Tamara Mumford  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Terfel, Kaufmann, Blythe, Voigt, Levine, Luisi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725109 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Patricia Bardon,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Terfel, Kaufmann, Blythe, Voigt, Levine, Luisi [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725059 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Patricia Bardon,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001610309 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 30.
    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
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  • 31.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Solti, Terfel, Fleming, Murray, Pertusi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001615002 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Monica Groop,  Mario Luperi,  Michele Pertusi,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 32.
    Strauss: Salome / Dohnanyi, Malfitano, Terfel, Schwarz, Braga, Olsen
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001615702 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Walter Zeh,  Catherine Malfitano,  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Riegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001597702 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 34.
    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [CD & DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001610000 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 35.
    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [Blu-ray]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 2787792 Release Date: 11/14/2011  
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 36.
    World's Greatest Operas - Carmen, Magic Flute, Aida, Tosca [6-DVD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001609909 Release Date: 10/24/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Catherine Malfitano,  Richard Margison,  Peter Loehle  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Riccardo Muti,  Antonio Pappano
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  • 37.
    Mozart: Operas / John Eliot Gardiner [18-CD Set]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 4779595 Release Date: 07/19/2011   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Jonathan Peter Kenny,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
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  • 38.
    The Very Best Of Karl Jenkins
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95058 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins
    Performer:  Tim Thorne,  Gary Kettel,  Catrin Finch,  Guy Johnston  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Jenkins,  John Owen Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantorion,  Adiemus Wind and Brass,  EMO Ensemble
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  • 39.
    Placido Domingo - The Opera Collection [26-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001515202 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 26
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Geoffrey Pogson,  Jean Lainé,  Alicia Nafé,  Richard Amner  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Ion Marin,  Georges Prętre,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
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  • 40.
    Sospiri / Cecilia Bartoli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001515102 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Geminiano Giacomelli,  Antonio Caldara  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Bryn Terfel,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Luigi Piovano  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Giovanni Antonini,  Claudio Abbado,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Mahler: Symphony No 7, Kindertotenlieder / Sinopoli, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437851 Release Date: 12/08/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Puccini: Tosca Highlights / Freni, Domingo, Ramey, Terfel, Sinopoli
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437547 Release Date: 12/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Angelo Veccia,  Bryn Terfel,  Placido Domingo,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 43.
    Sospiri / Cecilia Bartoli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001490802 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Geminiano Giacomelli,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonio Caldara  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Bryn Terfel,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Marc Minkowski,  Claudio Abbado,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Bryn's Christmas / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491472 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Irving Berlin,  Traditional,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Bing Crosby,  Rolando Villazón,  Catrin Finch  ... 
    Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd,  Nidus Children's Choir  ... 
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  • 45.
    Gala Concerts From Vienna, Berlin & Dresden
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058218 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Johan Botha,  Deborah Polaski,  Falk Struckmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Zubin Mehta,  Christian Thielemann,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Lopez-Cobos, Terfel, Swenson, Shicoff
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107027 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Désirée Rancatore,  Nora Gubisch,  Alain Vernhes,  Susanne Mentzer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Chorus,  Paris National Opera Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Live From The Royal Opera House - Gounod: Faust / Gheorghiu
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31611 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Angela Gheorghiu,  Bryn Terfel,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 48.
    Bizet: Carmen Arias & Duets / Bocelli, Chung, Terfel, Domashenko
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001459102 Release Date: 08/17/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Marina Domashenko,  Bryn Terfel,  Eva Mei
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Ostman, Auger, Hagegard
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 425943 Release Date: 06/07/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd,  Bryn Terfel,  Barbara Bonney,  Arleen Augér  ... 
    Conductor:  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra,  Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus
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  • 50.
    Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel / Jarvi, Secunde, Lorenz, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431669 Release Date: 05/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Marie Fagerberg,  Märta Schéle,  Martin Andersson,  Esa Aapro  ... 
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