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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 in a recording session for The Crackle © ROH / Lottie Butler 2014

Bryn Terfel and members of the creative team in a recording session for The Crackle © ROH / Lottie Butler 2014

Bryn Terfel in a recording session for The Crackle © ROH / Lottie Butler 2014

Matthew Herbert in a recording session for The Crackle © ROH / Lottie Butler 2014

Bryn Terfel in a recording session for The Crackle © ROH / Lottie Butler 2014

Bryn Terfel and members of the creative team in a recording session for The Crackle © ROH / Lottie Butler 2014

Bryn Terfel in Faust © Catherine Ashmore, 2004

Bryn Terfel in Tosca © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2011

Lucy Crowe and Levente Molnár in L'elisir d'amore © ROH. Mark Douet, 2014

Vittorio Grigolo and Lucy Crowe in L'elisir d'amore © ROH.Mark Douet, 2014

Bryn Terfel in L'elisir d'amore © ROH. Photo by Mark Douet, 2014

Bryn Terfel and Vittorio Grigolo in L'elisir d'amore © ROH.Mark Douet, 2014

Bryn Terfel in L'elisir d'amore © ROH.Mark Douet, 2014

Bryn Terfel in L'elisir d'amore © ROH.Mark Douet, 2014

Bryn Terfel in L'elisir d'amore © ROH.Mark Douet, 2014

Bryn Terfel and the cast of L'elisir d'amore © ROH.Mark Douet, 2014

Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel as Don Giovanni and Melanie Diener as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni © Catherine Ashmore 2002

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Joseph Calleja as Faust and Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Joseph Calleja as Faust and Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Simon Keenlyside as Valentin in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jihoon Kim as Wagner and Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Simon Keenlyside as Valentin and Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

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 © Andre Uspenski/ROH 2012

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

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Die Walküre © Clive Barda/ROH 2012