Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel is an opera star in global demand. He makes a rare appearance in Harrogate in the Festival Finale and after the performance, he will be available for a short meet and greet!
With a career that has seen him perform at all of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, Sir Bryn is one of the most in-demand voices. Thankfully, you don’t have to globe trot to see the global sensation, as the world-renowned bass-baritone promises a very special performance in Harrogate.
A Grammy, Classical Brit and Gramophone award-winning artist, what’s it like being the global super star of opera?
“I would much rather have the farmer’s son from North Wales any day!” Bryn said.
Despite his modesty, there are few opera stars who hit the headlines and get on the Queen’s honours list. His partner, the harpist Hannah Stone, is the former official harpist to the Prince of Wales. She gave birth to his fourth child in December last year, no doubt destined to be a musical prodigy with such lineage.
From Sir Tom Jones to Dylan Thomas, there is something about the lyrical Welsh voice that is imbued with romance, drama, and power.
“From a personal perspective I think also the Welsh language has an immense bearing on the development of a voice before its training comes to the foreground,” Bryn said.
Audiences can expect a uniquely personal and insightful programme with the rare opportunity to meet the man himself afterwards!
“Some songs are the first I ever learnt as a classical singer. One my grandmother chose, some from my first singing teacher…Some are tunes that I adore, some are poems that strike a chord. Some are there because I adore singing them.”
At heart, music is an expression of deep emotion – if he had to pick one inheritance track, he said it would easily be a song he recorded for the Air Ambulance charity in Wales – I’ll Send an Angel.
“I adore that song. The melody, the words, the message: Be kind; when in need help others; protect and guide them.”
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