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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), the title role of Boris Godunov and in gala performances for The Royal Opera. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to sing Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).

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 and 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 for 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.

Videos

News and features

The Royal Opera's <em>Boris Godunov</em> to be performed at BBC Proms on 16 July 2016

The Royal Opera's Boris Godunov to be performed at BBC Proms on 16 July 2016

13 April 2016

A concert performance of Musorgsky's opera will star Bryn Terfel and will be conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Watch: ‘It’s strong and it’s epic’ – Members of the cast and creative team on <em>Boris Godunov</em>

Watch: ‘It’s strong and it’s epic’ – Members of the cast and creative team on Boris Godunov

23 March 2016

Bryn Terfel and Antonio Pappano share their thoughts on why Musorgsky's opera is a masterpiece.

<em>Boris Godunov</em> relayed live to cinemas on 21 March 2016

Boris Godunov relayed live to cinemas on 21 March 2016

11 March 2016

Bryn Terfel stars in the live cinema relay of Richard Jones' new Royal Opera production.

Photos

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 and Vittorio Grigòlo in L'elisir d'amore

Bryn Terfel in L'elisir d'amore

Nicholas Sales as Boyar and Bryn Terfel as Boris Godunov in rehearsal for Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

Bryn Terfel with Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano discussing Boris Godunov with Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel in Boris Godunov

Ben Knight and Bryn Terfel in Boris Godunov

Bryn Terfel in Boris Godunov

Bryn Terfel in Boris Godunov

Ain Anger as Pimen and Bryn Terfel in Boris Godunov

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer

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

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera,

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

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

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

Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel as Wanderer and Maria Radner as Erda in Siegfried

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Die Walküre

Angela Gheorghiu and Bryn Terfel in Tosca

Tosca

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 in L'elisir d'amore

Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel and Ben Knight in Boris Godunov

Bryn Terfel and Ben Knight in Boris Godunov

Ain Anger and Bryn Terfel in Boris Godunov

Bryn Terfel in Boris Godunov

Bryn Terfel as Boris Godunov

Bryn Terfel as The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer

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