Welsh Bass-Baritone Bryn Terfel in Recital at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
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Featured review from Mark Sklan
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Thank you Goldstar, I did not think I could attend this event let alone sit on the main floor at the Dorothy Candeler Pavillion; but because of you I could and I did. Bryn is one of the great voices of our age and his recital was accessable, technically astounding and deeply moving.
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“He is a great storyteller, and wonderful words, wonderful sounds are his means to make his stories live.” —_New York Times _
The Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel rose to prominence when he won the Lieder Prize in the 1989 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Subsequent awards include 2006 Grammy Award for “Best Classical Crossover Album,” “Male Artist of the Year” in the 2005 Classical Brit Awards, “Male Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for the platinum selling disk Bryn in the 2004 Classical Brit Awards, the Prix Caecilia in 2003 for his recording of Wagner arias under Claudio Abbado, “Male Artist of the Year” in the 2000 Classical Brit Awards, BBC Music Magazine “Artist of the Year” in 1999, the “People’s Award” in the 1996 Gramophone Awards, the 1996 Grammy Award for “Best Classical Vocal” performance and the 1995 Gramophone Award for his album An Die Musik. In 2006 he was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg. In 2003, Bryn was awarded a CBE for services to Opera in the Queen’s New Year Honours list and he received the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2006.
He has performed in all the great opera houses of the world, and is especially recognized for his portrayals of Figaro and Falstaff. Other roles include Méphistophélès in Faust, both the title role and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Jochanaan in Salome, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore and the title role in Sweeney Todd. Bryn is known for his versatility as a concert performer, with highlights ranging from the Last Night of the Proms to singing at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Rugby World Cup and performing at the Royal Variety Show. He has given recitals in many of the major cities of the World, and also hosts his own festival every year in Faenol, North Wales, which won the Wales Tourism Awards’ title “Greatest Show in Wales – Event of the Year” in 2002.
His versatility is also demonstrated in his numerous recordings which range from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Schumann’s Liederkreis and Verdi’s Falstaff to Something Wonderful (a collection of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein), his gold-selling album We’ll Keep a Welcome (a collection of traditional Welsh songs) and his platinum-selling album Bryn to his most recent releases Silent Noon, a collection of English Songs, and Simple Gifts.
In 2005, Bryn made his role debut as Wotan in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre in the Royal Opera House Covent Garden production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, and his house debuts as Falstaff for Houston Grand Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Highlights in 2006 included his return to Welsh National Opera in the title role in Der fliegende Holländer, Scarpia in a new production of Tosca for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and his first concert appearances in Russia. In 2007 Bryn added the title role in Gianni Schicchi to his repertoire, performing it at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He also performed at the Reykjavik, Bergen, Hay on Wye and Tower of London festivals and gave concerts in Munich, Hamburg and Dresden with the Dresden Philharmoniker. In July of 2007, Bryn performed the title role in concert performances of Sweeney Todd as part of the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall in London.