Today is the birthday of one of the greatest Opera singers of all time, bass-baritone Welsh singer Bryn Terfel!!! I am a fan of Bryn Terfel, he has a very deep, beautiful voice and a great acting talent too!
His different operatic roles includes Wotan, Scarpia, Figaro, Don Giovanni, Leporello, Dulcamara, Mephistopheles, Gianni Schicchi, Donner, Falstaff, Holländer, Hans Sachs, Wolfram and Guglielmo.
He sings in German, Italia, French and English operas.
His first language is Welsh.
I absolutely love Brynn Terfel’s “Christmas” album!
His complete name is Bryn Terfel Jones and he knew of another Welsh baritone named Bryn Jones, so chose Bryn Terfel as his professional name.
He graduated in 1989, winning both the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Award and the Gold Medal. The same year he came second behind Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the Cardiff BBC Singer of the World Competition, but won the Lieder Prize.
In 1997 Terfel made his La Scala début as Figaro. In 1998, he had a recital at Carnegie Hall which included works by Wolf, Fauré, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, and others.
In 1999, he performed in Paris the title role of Don Giovanni for the first time and sang his first Falstaff at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the latter of which he reprised in the inaugural production at the newly refurbished Royal Opera House.
In 2003 Terfel hosted and performed on the stage with opera tenor José Carreras and soprano Hayley Westenra in front of the capacity crowd of 10,000 people from Faenol Festival in Wales.
Terfel has not shied away from popular music either. He has recorded CDs of songs by Lerner and Loewe and Rodgers and Hammerstein. In 2001 he commissioned and performed ‘Atgof o’r Ser’ (‘The Memory of Stars’) in the National Eisteddfod with the composer Robat Arwyn.
Trivia, honours and awards:
Bryn Terfel continues to be a patron of the Welsh language and Welsh culture, facets of his life which are largely unknown outside his native Wales. Terfel has been awarded the honour, by the National Eisteddfod, of membership of the Gorsedd of Bards. The Gorsedd was created in 1792 as a celebration of Welsh heritage, and inductees are considered to have contributed to Welsh culture.
In 2003, Terfel became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, receiving the honour from the Prince of Wales. In 2006, he became the second recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music (the previous recipient was conductor Sir Charles Mackerras). In 2008, he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.
Terfel is also President of the Welsh homelessness charity Shelter Cymru and is Patron of Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales, a registered charity based in Cardiff which provides specialist Bobath therapy to children from all over Wales who have cerebral palsy.
In February 2012 Terfel was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Music by Bangor University for services to music. On 6 July 2012 he received the degree of Doctor of Music honoris causa from the Royal College of Music, London during the College’s annual graduation ceremony.
In 2013, Terfel shared the “Best Opera Recording” Grammy Award for the Metropolitan Opera’s recording of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen.
Terfel started the Faenol Festival, at the Faenol Estate near Snowdonia, Wales, in 2000. Billed as “Bryn Terfel’s Faenol Festival” (often referred to as “BrynFest” or known in Welsh as “Gŵyl y Faenol”), it turned into an annual music festival featuring internationally famous opera singers as well as popular Welsh artists. In the same year he released We’ll Keep a Welcome – The Welsh Album, an anthology of favourite traditional songs. In 2009 and again in 2010, he was forced to cancel the festival because of low public bookings, after having been voted a £250,000 grant by the Welsh Assembly.
Previously staged at the Faenol Estate, the event, a pop/classical/opera crossover, will be staged in London as part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World from 4–7 July 2012.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRYN TERFEL!!!