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Bryn Terfel

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Bryn Terfel in action.
Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer © ROH 2015. Photo by Clive Barda

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 in gala performances for The Royal Opera.

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

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

18 February 2015

The Director of The Royal Ballet and Director of The Royal Opera on what they're most excited for at the upcoming gala.

Watch: Bryn Terfel introduces Wagner’s masterful Der fliegende Holländer

Watch: Bryn Terfel introduces Wagner’s masterful Der fliegende Holländer

6 February 2015

Acclaimed bass-baritone Bryn Terfel on the complexities of The Dutchman and working with Andris Nelsons.

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.

Photos

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 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 title role in Der fliegende Holländer, The Royal Opera

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 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 Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel in a recording session for The Crackle

Bryn Terfel

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 in Tosca

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer

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

Vittorio Grigolo and Lucy Crowe 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, Torsten Kerl as Erik and Anja Kampe as Senta in Tim Albery’s production of Der fliegende Holländer

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

Joseph Calleja as Faust 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 and members of the creative team in a recording session for The Crackle

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

Bryn Terfel in rehearsal for Der Ring des Nibelungen

Ann Petersen as Freia, Andrew Rees as Froh, Stig Andersen as Loge, Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Iain Paterson as Fasolt and Sarah Connolly as Fricka

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Die Walküre