Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel has become one of the most famous and successful Opera voices in the world. He was born in 1965 and was brought up in Pant Glas near Garndolbenmaen in North Wales and attended Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle. His vocal talent was spotted early and Bryn began singing lessons at the young age of four.

By the time he was at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1984, he had already won numerous competitions in local and National Eisteddfods. It was at the Guildhall that he started working with his current voice coach, Rudolf Piernay and won the gold medal as well as the Kathleen Ferrier Scholarship.

Bryn Terfel has performed in Opera Houses across the globe, singing songs by famous composers such as Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Stravinsky, Verdi and Britten. His first professional performance was with the Welsh National Opera Company as Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte in 1990. He went on to play one of his most famous roles as Figaro with the Santa Fe Opera Company in America . Then, Bryn Terfel got his big break as Jochanaan in Salome in the Salzburg Festival, Austria in 1992.

Since winning the Lieder prize in the Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff in 1989, Bryn has recorded a number of albums including songs by Schubert, Schumman and Vaughan Williams. He's also released two CDs with songs from musicals including the work of Rogers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe. He's also released material on the Welsh label, Sain.

Bryn has never forgotten his roots and so lives with his wife and sons in Bontnewydd near Caernarfon. He has set up his own festival, Gwyl y Faenol, where the biggest names in Opera, Musicals and the world of pop have performed.