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Terfel, Bryn

Works: 829 works in 2,106 publications in 8 languages and 24,135 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Musical settings  Music  Operas  Live sound recordings  Musicals  Film adaptations  Filmed operas  Biography 
Roles: Singer, Performer, Author, Vocalist, Other, per, Commentator, Interviewee, Actor, Contributor
Classifications: M1500.M69, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Bryn Terfel
The vagabond & other songs by Bryn Terfel( Recording )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Salome by Richard Strauss( Recording )

42 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This performance presents the great Leonie Rysanek in one of her most memorable roles--the teenage Judean princess Salome. Obsessed with the prophet Jochanaan, the Biblical John the Baptist (Norman Bailey), she skillfully manipulates her lecherous stepfather Herod (Ragnar Ulfung) until he has no choice but to have the holy man killed for spurning the princess's advances. The legendary Astrid Varnay is Salome's mother, Herodias. Highlights of the score include the Dance of the Seven Veils and Salome's final monologue, one of the supreme dramatic achievements in all of opera
Handel arias by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

GREEVY, Bernadette (contralto). ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS. LEPPARD, Raymon (conductor)
Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

33 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Don Giovanni ossia Il Dissoluto punito: Dramma giocoso in due atti, KV 527. Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte
Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

31 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Performance of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro
Lieder by Franz Schubert( Recording )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in German and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera arias by Bryn Terfel( Recording )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simple gifts by Bryn Terfel( Recording )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Duets Cecilia & Bryn by Cecilia Bartoli( Recording )

5 editions published in 1999 in Italian and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sea drift Songs of farewell ; Songs of sunset by Frederick Delius( Recording )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oedipus Rex by Igor Stravinsky( Visual )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This ambitious production uses a number of striking visual elements including a massive set that floats above a reflecting pool, huge puppets, and sculptures. The noted Butoh artist, Min Tanaka, dances the role of Oedipus, and is joined by twenty dancers to portray this classical tragedy
Die lustige Witwe The merry widow = La veuve joyeuse by Franz Lehár( Recording )

1 edition published in 1994 in German and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The #1 opera album( Recording )

2 editions published in 2000 in French and Italian and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )

18 editions published in 1999 in 4 languages and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
Vespro della Beata Vergine Vespers of the Blessed Virgin = Marien-Vesper by Claudio Monteverdi( Recording )

21 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maria-vesper (1610)
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy( Recording )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Szenen aus Goethes Faust by Robert Schumann( Recording )

12 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Am Pult des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks: der herausragende englische Dirigent Daniel Harding. Er präsentiert mit den "Faust-Szenen"ein groß angelegtes Meisterstück, das die komplexe und hochphilosophische literarische Vorlage von Goethe in einer losen Szenenfolge musikalisch nachzeichnet. Immer wieder beschäftigte sich Schumann gerade in seinem letzten Lebensjahrzehnt mit den Möglichkeiten, die im vokal-symphonischen und musikdramatischen Komponieren liegen. Die Partie des Faust gestaltet der außergewöhnliche Bariton Christian Gerhaher, ihm zur Seite stehen Christiane Karg als Gretchen sowie weitere international hoch angesehene Solisten, der Kammerchor der Augsburger Domsingknaben und der Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks" (
Something wonderful Bryn Terfel sings Rodgers & Hammerstein by Richard Rodgers( Recording )

13 editions published in 1996 in 4 languages and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bad boys by Bryn Terfel( Recording )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idomeneo K. 366 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

2 editions published in 1996 in Italian and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera, in three acts
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Alternative Names
Bryn Terfal

Bryn Terfel basso-baritono gallese

Bryn Terfel Jones

Bryn Terfel velšsk basbarytonista

Bryn Terfel walisischer Snger

Bryn Terfel Welsh bass-baritone

Bryn Trefel

Jones, Bryn Terfel 1965-


Terfel, Brynn 1965-

Терфель, Брин



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