Bryn Terfel



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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  • 51.
    The Opera Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566102 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Anna Netrebko,  Andrea Bocelli,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Gianandrea Noseda,  Zubin Mehta,  Antonio Pappano  ... 
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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    Live From The Royal Opera House - Gounod: Faust / Gheorghiu
    Label: Warner 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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  • 61.
    Meet Bryn Terfel
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447578 Release Date: 06/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Wolfram,  Alison [Soprano Vocals] Hagley
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Schumann Gold
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001423002 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Nelson Freire,  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel,  Paul Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert von Karajan,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Hagen String Quartet,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 65.
    Bad Boys / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778091 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gioachino Rossini,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Balcarras Crafoord
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir
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  • 66.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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  • 67.
    Scarborough Fair - Songs From The British Isles / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001264202 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Ewan MacColl,  Turlough O'Carolan,  Sir Hamilton Harty  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Kate Royal
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Within A Dream - A Celebration Of The Artistry Of Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10568 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frank Bridge,  Benjamin Britten,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Roderick Williams,  Bruce Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  City of London Sinfonia,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 69.
    Ireland: Sea Fever, The Vagabond; Rubbra, Quilter / Terfel, Ferrier
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470195 Release Date: 10/23/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Quilter,  Traditional,  Edmund Rubbra,  John Ireland
    Performer:  Ernest Lush,  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Phyllis Spurr  ... 
    Conductor:  Elgar Howarth,  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grimethorpe Colliery Band,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Mozart: Operas - Excerpts / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 449938 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stanford Olsen,  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Bryn Terfel,  Alison Hagley  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 71.
    Danielle de Niese - The Mozart Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001327702 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Danielle De Niese,  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 72.
    Divos & Divas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001305902 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Agustín Lara,  Georges Bizet,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez,  Placido Domingo,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Frizza,  Miguel Harth-Bedoya,  Zubin Mehta,  Marco Armiliato  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Waldbuhne Concert - Italian Night
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4521 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Sergei Larin,  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Phlharmonic
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  • 74.
    Verdi: Falstaff / Haitink, Terfel, Frittoli, Royal Opera House
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 823 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Barbara Frittoli
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Handel Gold - Bartoli, Fleming, Kozena, Terfel, Villazon, Te Kanawa, Sutherland, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280102 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Rose,  Marc Minkowski,  Marcello Viotti,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan  ... 
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