Personalities | Bryn Terfel | Modern Era | Opera

b. 1965, Welsh

One of the most exciting bass-baritones currently performing, Terfel became a sensation after winning the Cardiff Singer of the World Lieder prize in 1989. In 1990 he made his operatic debut as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Welsh National Opera, before bursting onto the London scene as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with English National Opera in 1991. By 1993 he had signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon and debuted with the Vienna State Opera. The Met was next in 1994, followed by La Scala in 1997, both as Figaro. Terfel has judiciously expanded his repertoire, introducing – and triumphing in – an increasing number of Wagner roles over the past decade.

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