Bryn Terfel (CBE)
(Born 9 November 1965)
Bryn Terfel is a Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer.
Originally associated with the roles of Mozart, particularly Figaro and Leporello, he has lately shifted his focus to playing heavier roles, especially those by Wagner.
In a stellar career that started when he came second to Dimitri Hvorostovsky's first place in the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1989 he debuted as Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte at the Welsh National Opera.
Later he sang the title role in The Marriage of Figaro with the English National Opera in 1991. His international operatic career began when sang the Speaker in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels that same year to be followed with his debut in the USA as Figaro with the Santa Fe Opera.
In 1992, he made his Royal Opera House début as Masetto to Thomas Allen's Don Giovanni and later that year he sang in Die Frau Ohne Schatten at the Salzburg Festival before singing Jochanaan in Strauss's Salome.
From there another Figaro at the Vienna State Opera and debut at Covent Garden as Masetto in Don Giovanni followed with an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
Since then many significant appearances have cemented his reputation as one of the most popular and sought after artists today....Figaro at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan, Wolfram in Tannhäuser at the Metropolitan Opera, and Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress at the Welsh National Opera.
In 1997, Bryn Terfel made his La Scala début as Figaro and in 1999, he sang in Paris the title role of Don Giovanni for the first time with a Falstaff at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He sang Mefistopholes in Faust in a recorded performance (now on DVD) with Angela Georghiou as Margurite and Roberto Alagna as Faust at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
2009 brought his first Scarpia in Tosca at the Royal Opera House and his first Flying Dutchman. In 2010 he made his debut role playing Hans Sachs in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and in 2010 he opened the Metropolitan season singing Wotan in the premiere of the production of Das Rheingold - a production that began Robert Lepage's new staging of the complete Wagner Ring at the Metropolitan. Die Walküre is to follow later in 2011.