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Bryn Terfel knighted in New Year's Honours 2017

Welsh bass-baritone honoured alongside director Richard Eyre and countertenor Iestyn Davies.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

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 ToscaHis 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.

Countertenor Iestyn Davies receives an MBE. The singer will perform at Covent Garden in 2017 in The Royal Opera's Written on Skin and The Exterminating Angel.

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.

See the New Year's Honours 2017 list in full

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

31 December 2016 at 10.27am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Bryn Terfel, Honours, Iestyn Davies, knighthood, New Year's Honours, Richard Eyre

This article has 10 comments

  1. Matthew Rose responded on 31 December 2016 at 11:42am Reply

    Also Sir Jeffrey Tate, who spent much of his conducting life at ROH. Congratulations to them all..we do music,the arts and, opera so well in UK and it's good to see this recognised. We should cherish our art and the high level that is given and do all we can to make it survive into a very long future.

  2. klas freund responded on 31 December 2016 at 12:23pm Reply

    Hi, I am sure Hans Sachs is a Meistersinger von NÜRNBERG [not Nürnburg!]

    (It's a pity that we are not able in Sweden to watch this production in our cinemas!)


    Klas Freund, editor

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content) responded on 4 January 2017 at 10:02am

      Hi Klas,

      Apologies for the embarrassing error - this has now been amended.


  3. Valerie rowlands responded on 31 December 2016 at 2:02pm Reply

    Da Iawn Bryn you deserve it

  4. René Lubberts responded on 31 December 2016 at 4:25pm Reply

    Congratulations with the Title Sir Bryn Terfel and All the best wishes 2017

  5. Gwyneth Macaulay responded on 3 January 2017 at 4:23pm Reply

    Congratulations Bryn!
    Well deserved.
    Always proud to see a Welsh singer-hero getting a top award!

  6. Congratulations to Bryn! About time!

  7. Stephen responded on 4 January 2017 at 6:52am Reply

    "Honour" has a "u" in it. I would have thought that, in the very British circumstances that occasion this report, the Opera House would have UK spellcheck on its computers or would employ someone who can spell!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content) responded on 4 January 2017 at 10:30am

      Hi Stephen,

      This has been amended. Thanks for flagging.


  8. Susan Coley responded on 13 January 2017 at 9:20pm Reply

    I saw the Meistersinger when it toured with the WNO.Is there any chance of a DVD of this masterpiece ?

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