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Bryn Terfel

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Bryn Terfel in action.
Bryn Terfel and Ben Knight in Boris Godunov © ROH 2016. Photograph By Catherine Ashmore

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, the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore) and Boris Godunov. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to sing Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).

Born in North Wales, Terfel studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, with Rudolf Piernay and in 1989 won the Lieder Prize in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. In 2017 he was awarded a knighthood. Other honours include a CBE (2003), the Queen’s Medal for Music (2006), the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation (2006) and the Freedom of the City of London (2015).

In 2015 Terfel celebrated his 25th anniversary in the profession with a gala at the Royal Albert Hall presented by Michael Sheen, and with performances as Scarpia with Welsh National Opera, the company with which he began his career.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Insights into <em>Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg</em>

Watch: Insights into Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

13 February 2017

Bryn Terfel, Antonio Pappano and Kasper Holten explored the music and production of Wagner's opera.

Bryn Terfel knighted in New Year's Honours 2017

Bryn Terfel knighted in New Year's Honours 2017

31 December 2016

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

BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

15 July 2016

With more than 90 concerts over the course of eight weeks, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Photos

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman and Adrianne Pieczonka as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman and Peter Rose as Daland in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as Boris Godunov and members of the Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsal for Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

Gwyn Hughes Jones as Walther and Bryn Terfel as Hans Sachs in rehearsal for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera

Bryn Terfel as Boris Godunov

Bryn Terfel in Boris Godunov

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,

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

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel in a recording session for The Crackle

Bryn Terfel in a recording session for The Crackle

Bryn Terfel in Tosca

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

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

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

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

Bryn Terfel in L'elisir d'amore

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Das Rheingold

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Die Walküre

Bryn Terfel in rehearsal for Der Ring des Nibelungen

Eric Halfvarson as Fafner, Andrew Rees as Froh, Iain Paterson as Fasolt, Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Peter Coleman-Wright as Donner, Stig Andersen as Loge and Sarah Connolly as Fricka

Adrianne Pieczonka as Senta and Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman and Adrianne Pieczonka as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman and Adrianne Pieczonka as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman, Peter Rose as Daland and Adrianne Pieczonka as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman and Peter Rose as Daland in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman and Peter Rose as Daland in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel and John Graham-Hall in Boris Godunov

Bryn Terfel and John Graham-Hall in Boris Godunov

Bryn Terfel in Boris Godunov