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Bryn Terfel to carry Olympic Torch

Bass baritone to transport Olympic Flame on leg of its journey around the UK.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

28 May 2012 at 3.37pm | 1 Comment

 Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Das Rheingold © Clive Barda/ROH 2004

Welsh bass baritone Bryn Terfel will take part in the 10th day of the Olympic Torch relay

Bryn, who will appear later this season in Keith Warner’s production of The Ring Cycle, is the final Torchbearer of the day. He will carry the Flame onto the stage in the Faenol Estate in Bangor, opening an evening of celebrations.

Over the day, the Torch will travel 108 miles through 15 communities. It will be carried by a relay of 84 Torchbearers, including champion mountain runner Malcolm Jones and rower Elin Davies.

Bryn commented on Twitter:

[The] vision of the London Olympics is to combine three bodies of work: sport, education and culture. That’s why I said yes to carrying the torch.

The Torch Relay, in which the Olympic Flame travels around the host country, is a symbolic ritual that has been carried out at every modern Olympic Games since its reintroduction in 1928. It is lit in Olympia, Greece before being transported to the location of the games.

In total, the Olympic Flame will travel through more than 1,000 cities and villages around the UK, carried by over 8,000 torchbearers. It will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July to start the Opening Ceremony.

This summer the Royal Opera House is the home of the Olympic Museum, an experience showcasing artefacts, film and audio related to the sporting event. The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera are also presenting works as part of the London 2012 Festival.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

28 May 2012 at 3.37pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Bryn Terfel, Der Rind des Nibelungen, London 2012, London 2012 Festival, Olympic Torch, olympics, The Ring, The Royal Opera

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  1. I hope he isn't going to carry the torch looking like that! He'll frighten the horses!

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