31 December 2016 at 10.27am | 10 Comments
Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has been awarded a knighthood for services to music in the New Year's Honours 2017.
'I'm immensely proud to accept this, and I think of my family, I think of my sons, I think of my fans, I think of the great British public', said the singer of the honour.
Terfel made his Royal Opera debut in 1992 as Masetto in Don Giovanni and has since sung a host of major operatic roles at Covent Garden including Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen and Scarpia in Tosca. His most recent role for the Company was the title role in Boris Godunov during Spring 2016. In 2017 he returns to the Royal Opera House to sing the role of Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
Director Richard Eyre has been inducted into the list of Companions of Honour for services to theatre. Eyre's Royal Opera production of Verdi's La traviata has become a Covent Garden favourite since its premiere in 1994.
In other artistic fields, Kinks frontman Ray Davies receives a knighthood, as does actor and former Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Mark Rylance. Fellow performer Patricia Routledge is made a dame.