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Bryn Terfel

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Bryn Terfel Jones CBE is a Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer. Terfel was initially associated with the roles of Mozart, particularly Leporello, but he has expanded his repertoire to include heavier roles, including Wagner.

Bryn Terfel Jones was born in Pantglas, North Wales, the son of a farmer (he knew of another Welsh baritone named Delme Bryn-Jones, so Terfel chose Bryn Terfel as his professional name). Terfel had an interest in and talent for music from a very young age. A family friend taught him how to sing, starting with traditional Welsh songs. After winning numerous competitions for his singing, Terfel moved to London in 1984 and entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which he graduated in 1989, winning the Gold Medal. He came in second behind Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the Cardiff BBC Singer of the World Competition the same year, though won the Lieder Prize.

In 1990, Terfel made his operatic début as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at the Welsh National Opera, and later in the same season he sang the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, a role with which he made his debut with the English National Opera in 1991.

Terfel made his United States début as Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera. In 1992, he made his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden début as Masetto in Don Giovanni, with Thomas Allen in the title role. Terfel’s international breakthrough came when he sang Jochanaan in Strauss’s Salome at the 1992 Salzburg Festival. Terfel went on to make his début as Figaro at the Vienna State Opera. That year, he also signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and returned to the Welsh National Opera to sing Ford in Falstaff.

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  • Cherissh

    He's like a giant Hobbit :)

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • Candy-s-Room

    With his Ruddier than the cherry, he is my favourite Polyphemus.

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    That picture is threatening as hell. I've heard he's just a big teddy bear though :)

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Deadly_crab

    Beautiful Christmas music :)

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • sandravopbergen

    Lovely....

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Cherissh

    Please Last.fm add more of his discs:Tutto Mozart!, Wagner, Something Wonderful

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Michaelg9289

    His new album is one that captures the essence of villainy and shares the darkness with the audience.

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • browner

    'simple gifts' is a stunning album! can anyone recommend anything similar?

    29 Dec 2007 Reply

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