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BRYN TERFEL

Born into a Welsh farming family, Terfel possessed an interest in music from an early age, singing in chapel and winning several competitions. He entered the Guildhall School of Music in London in 1984, studying with Arthur Reckless and Rudolf Piernay, won the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Award in 1988 and graduated with the Guildhall’s Gold Medal in 1989. In the same year, he won the Lieder Prize in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, coming second in the main competition to Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Terfel made his operatic stage debut as Guglielmo / Così fan tutte with Welsh National Opera (WNO) in 1990, followed by Figaro / Le nozze di Figaro, which he went on to sing with the English National Opera in 1991.

In that year also his international career began: with the Speaker / Die Zauberflöte at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels and the Mozart Figaro with the Santa Fe Opera. He made his debut at the Royal Opera House, London as Masetto / Don Giovanni in 1992 and the same year sang the Spirit Messenger / Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Salzburg Easter Festival, followed by Jochanaan / Salome at the Salzburg Festival, Figaro at the Vienna State Opera and Ford / Falstaff with the WNO; in addition he signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. He first appeared in Paris in 1993 at the Théâtre du Châtelet as Figaro, followed by debuts in the same role during 1994 at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Teatro São Carlo, Lisbon.

Despite surgery for back problems Terfel continued to develop his repertoire, during 1996 singing Wolfram / Tannhäuser at the Met and Nick Shadow / The Rake’s Progress with WNO. He made his debut at La Scala, Milan in 1997 as Figaro and sang the title role in Don Giovanni for the first time on-stage in Paris in 1999, followed by his debut in the title role of Falstaff with the Chicago Lyric Opera and Royal Opera Company, London.

With the dawn of the new millennium Terfel, having scored considerable success with CDs of show songs by Lerner and Loewe and Rodgers and Hammerstein, branched out into stadium concerts, reflecting his broad recording repertoire. During 2007 he took part in the opening gala concert for the rededication of the Salt Lake City Tabernacle and sang the title role in a series of performances of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

In 2005 Terfel added Captain Balstrode / Peter Grimes to his repertoire and although appearances as Wotan / Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House in 2007 were plagued by cancellations, he swiftly returned to form to give powerful interpretations of Scarpia / Tosca and the title role in Der fliegende Holländer at Covent Garden during 2009. His standing in central roles such as these was confirmed by his interpretations of Sachs / Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with WNO in 2010 and of Wotan in the Met’s major new staging of Der Ring by Robert Lepage from the 2010–2011 season onwards. He also continued his survey of the male roles in Don Giovanni, opening the 2011–2012 season at La Scala as Leporello.

Terfel has received many awards: he was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2003 and was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2006. He possesses a strong bass-baritone voice, making him a significant figure internationally in his chosen repertoire; and while physically imposing, he shows subtlety and sensitivity in song.

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Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ABBADO, Claudio: Jubilee Box (8-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) EuroArts
2059588
Classical Concert
ABBADO, Claudio: New Year's Eve Concerts 1996, 1997, 1998 (3 Blu-Ray Disc Box Set, Full-HD) EuroArts
2013504
Classical Concert
ARTHAUS DVD VIDEO SAMPLER III (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100773
Classical Documentary
BBC SINGER OF THE WORLD (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0881D
Classical Concert
BBC SINGER OF THE WORLD (PAL) Opus Arte
OA0880D
Classical Concert
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC: New Year's Gala - A Tribute to Carmen (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100027
Classical Concert
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC: New Year's Gala - A Tribute to Carmen (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100026
Classical Concert
BLU-RAY EXPERIENCE (THE) - Opera and Ballet Highlights (Blu-ray, NTSC) Opus Arte
OABD7000D
Opera DVD
BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2012784
Classical Concert
BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Abbado) (NTSC) EuroArts
2012788
Classical Concert
BRAHMS: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (NTSC only) Arthaus Musik
101047
Classical Concert
CECILIA AND BRYN AT GLYNDEBOURNE (1999) (HD-DVD, NTSC) Opus Arte
OAHD5005D
Opera DVD, Classical Concert
CECILIA AND BRYN AT GLYNDEBOURNE (1999) (PAL/NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0840D
Opera DVD, Classical Concert
EVENING WITH THE ROYAL OPERA (AN) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1086D
Opera DVD
GALA CONCERTS FROM VIENNA, BERLIN AND DRESDEN (NTSC / PAL) EuroArts
2058219
Classical Concert
GALA CONCERTS FROM VIENNA, BERLIN AND DRESDEN (NTSC) EuroArts
2058218
Classical Concert
MOZART, W.A.: Requiem (Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2016364
Classical Concert
MOZART: Requiem (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100037
Classical Concert
MOZART: Requiem (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100036
Classical Concert
OFFENBACH, J.: Contes D'Hoffmann (Les) (Paris National Opera, 2002) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107027
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Contes D'Hoffmann (Les) (Paris National Opera, 2002) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVUS-OPLCDH
Opera DVD
OFFENBACH, J.: Contes D'Hoffmann (Les) (Paris National Opera, 2002) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-OPLCDH
Opera DVD
OPERA HIGHLIGHTS, Vol. 3 (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102051
Opera DVD
PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La) / Tosca / Turandot (Royal Opera House, 2009-2013) (3 Blu-ray Disc Box Set, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7176BD
Opera DVD
PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La) / Tosca / Turandot (Royal Opera House, 2009-2013) (3-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1184BD
Opera DVD
VERDI EDITION (THE) (17-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1105BD
Opera DVD
VERDI: Falstaff (Royal Opera House, 1999) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0823D
Opera DVD
VERDI: Falstaff (Royal Opera House, 1999) (PAL) Opus Arte
OA0812D
Opera DVD
VERDI: Falstaff / Rigoletto / Il trovatore (Royal Opera House) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0980BD
Opera DVD
VIENNA STATE OPERA GALA (NTSC) EuroArts
2054928
Classical Concert
VIENNA STATE OPERA GALA (PAL) EuroArts
2054929
Classical Concert
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1996 - Italian Night (Gheorghiu, Larin, Terfel, Abbado) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107154
Opera DVD





 
 
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