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Bryn Terfel

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel made his Royal Opera debut in 1992 as Masetto (Don Giovanni) and has since sung Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Jokanaan (Salome), Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Falstaff, Don Giovanni, Méphistophélès (Faust), Wotan (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Scarpia (Tosca), Gianni Schicchi and the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), and in gala performances for The Royal Opera. In the 2014/15 Season he sings Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore) and the Dutchman for the Company.

Terfel was born in North Wales into a music-loving family and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Rudolf Piernay. In 1989 he won the Lieder Prize in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He made his professional debut in 1990 as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) with Welsh National Opera. He now sings at the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, and Vienna State Opera. Along with major roles in operas by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner and Puccini, his repertory includes Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), the four villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Sweeney Todd. In 2010 he sang Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) to great acclaim with WNO.

Terfel appears regularly at the BBC Proms, including at the Last Night of the Proms in 2008 and in 2013. He is a recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon and also appears on many opera DVDs. Terfel was made a CBE in 2003 and was awarded The Queen’s Medal for Music in 2006. His interests away from singing include vintage wines, golf and art.

Videos

News and features

Thank you for helping us to reach 100,000 YouTube subscribers!

Thank you for helping us to reach 100,000 YouTube subscribers!

12 December 2014

To mark the milestone, we've picked out some of our favourite Royal Opera House clips to date.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on L'elisir d'amore

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on L'elisir d'amore

26 November 2014

Backstage films from the live relay of L'elisir d'amore, including Bryn Terfel on why it may be the best opera ever written.

Your reaction: L'elisir d'amore 2014

Your reaction: L'elisir d'amore 2014

19 November 2014

What did you think of Laurent Pelly's production of Donizetti's comedy?

Opera stars to perform at Proms in the Park 2014 events

Opera stars to perform at Proms in the Park 2014 events

19 August 2014

Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel among those appearing at events around the UK on the Last Night of the Proms.

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for Autumn Season 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for Autumn Season 2014/15

16 July 2014

Tristan und Isolde, L’elisir d’amore and others on Opera on 3.

Your reaction: Faust

Your reaction: Faust

5 April 2014

What did you think of David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s grand opera?

Photos

Bryn Terfel as the title role in Der fliegende Holländer, The Royal Opera

Bryn Terfel and the cast of L'elisir d'amore

Bryn Terfel in L'elisir d'amore

Bryn Terfel in L'elisir d'amore

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Tim Albery’s production of Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman and Anja Kampe as Senta in Tim Albery’s production of Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Simon Keenlyside as Valentin and Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel and members of the creative team in a recording session for The Crackle

Bryn Terfel in Faust

Bryn Terfel as Don Giovanni and Melanie Diener as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Die Walküre

Susan Bullock as Brunnhilde and Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Die Walküre

Stig Andersen as Loge, Bryn Terfel as Wotan and Sarah Connolly as Fricka

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Die Walküre

Angela Gheorghiu and Bryn Terfel in Tosca

Lucy Crowe and Levente Molnár in L'elisir d'amore

Bryn Terfel in L'elisir d'amore

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Tim Albery’s production of Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman and Anja Kampe as Senta in Tim Albery’s production of Der fliegende Holländer

Jihoon Kim as Wagner and Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Matthew Herbert in a recording session for The Crackle

Bryn Terfel in Die Walküre (Der Ring des Nibelungen), The Royal Opera

Bryn Terfel

The Queen with Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Tony Hall, Prince Philip and Artists of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House's One Extraordinary World Gala

Bryn Terfel as Wanderer and Maria Radner as Erda in Siegfried

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Das Rheingold

Bryn Terfel as Wotan and Rosalind Plowright as Fricka in Die Walküre

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Die Walküre

Tosca

Bryn Terfel in L'elisir d'amore

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Tim Albery’s production of Der fliegende Holländer