Review: Bryn Terfel @ St. David’s Hall
Bryn Terfel is Wales’ most famous living opera singer.
He is loved the world over and has a reputation in taking on some highly challenging roles in the baritone-bass repertoire. For one night only at St. David’s Hall, to a packed audience, he was joined by the all-Welsh bill of soprano Gwawr Edwards, mezzo-soprano Caryl Hughes and conductor Gareth Jones. Our players for the evening were the Manchester Concert Orchestra.
There was a fine display of a varied repertoire for all the singers and orchestra here. When our Bryn was not on stage, I did have the craving for him to be so. There were a fair few overtures. It was a shame Bryn did not do a duet with either of the ladies. But we were given a buffet of delights by Mozart, Wagner, Donizetti, Verdi and more.
It was quite jarring for him to go from high art of classical music to then go into the songs of Lerner and Loewe (of My Fair Lady and Camelot fame). His singing of If I Were A Rich Man was just right and he added great humour into the appropriate songs. He arrived on stage with a mobile phone and used it as a prop for the first song of the evening.
He spoke to the audience a few times, saying of his love of this hall. With Cardiff Singer of the World next week, he reminisced about when he represented Wales all the way back in 1989. Although he didn’t win, he has done the best out of anyone who has ever entered in any year. Not many opera singers become as famous as him.
Having missed him in WNO's Die Meistersinger, I have seen him in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Verdi’s Falstaff. Any opera he is in is a joy and adds to it greatly as an event.
A pleasure as always.