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The celebrated Welsh bass-baritone is as much at home singing Mozart as Wagner, Welsh vocal music or Rogers and Hammerstein. Find out more here.
Born in 1965 into a Welsh farming family, Bryn Terfel showed promise in music from a very early age. He was taught to sing traditional Welsh songs by a family friend and went on to win numerous competitions. He's pictured here in 1991 meeting the Princess of Wales.
Terfel moved to London in 1984 to study at the Guildhall School of Music. He came second in the Cardiff BBC Singer of the World Competition in 1988. Countless awards have followed including British Artist of the Year at the Classical BRIT Awards in 2000. He's pictured here with Charlotte Church at the ceremony.
Terfel made his operatic début in 1990 as Guglielmo in Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte' at Welsh National Opera. Major roles soon followed with performances in Santa Fe, Salzburg, Vienna, New York and Chicago. In 1992 he made his Royal Opera House début as Masetto in 'Don Giovanni.'
A proud patron of the Welsh language and Welsh culture, Terfel is seen here singing the Welsh national anthem prior to kick-off at the FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualifying Round match between Wales and Liechtenstein at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
In 2006, Terfel became the second recipient of the Queen's Medal for Music. The previous recipient was conductor Sir Charles Mackerras. HM the Queen presented the medal during a special concert to celebrate her 80th Birthday in 2006.
A brilliant Wagnerian singer, Terfel withdrew in September 2007 from Covent Garden's Ring Cycle when his six-year-old son required several operations on his finger. He sang the role of Wotan in Covent Garden's revival of the Ring in September to November 2012. Here he is in The Flying Dutchman at the Royal Opera House in 2009.
Bryn Terfel and Andrea Bocelli performed together on stage at the Royal Albert Hal during the Classical BRIT Awards in 2003. In September 2011 they were together again at the great lawn of Central Park, New York, performing for more than 70,000 people.
Bryn Terfel has recorded albums of songs from the great musicals of Lerner and Loewe and Rodgers and Hammerstein and in 2007, appeared as Sweeney Todd in the Stephen Sondheim musical with Philip Quast at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
More than 20,000 people each year have converged on Terfel's 18th-century estate for the The Bryn Terfel Faenol Festival (popularly known as ‘Brynfest’), to hear international artists perform.
In September 2013 Terfel collaborated with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the album, Homeward Bound. It reached No. 58 in the Official UK Charts.