Vilar Performing Arts Center hosts solo concert with Bryn Terfel in January
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What: Solo concert with Bryn Terfel.
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
More information: Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at www.vilarpac.org.
BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center welcomes award-winning bass-baritone Bryn Terfel on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. One of the most sought-after international voices, he is a frequent visitor to all of the major opera concert halls in the world, and the Vilar Center is the superstar’s exclusive scheduled stop in Colorado.
Welsh bass-baritone Terfel first became well known for his portrayal of Figaro and Falstaff but in recent years is acclaimed for his performances of the Wagner roles of Wotan, Hans Sachs and Der Fliegende Hollander. His recordings have earned him two Grammy Awards and four Classical Brit Awards. He is also the recipient of Her Majesty the Queen’s medal for Music.
Terfel has performed in all the great houses of the world and made his operatic debut in 1990 as Guglielmo in “Cosi fan tutte” for Welsh National Opera. His international operatic career began in 1991, when he sang the Speaker in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussles, and in the same year, he made his U.S. debut as Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera. Other roles performed during his career include Mephistopheles in “Faust,” both the title role and Leporello in “Don Giovanni,” Jochannan in “Salome,” Scarpia in “Tosca,” the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Balstrode in “Peter Grimes,” Four Villains and the title role in Sweeney Todd.
Terfel is also known for his versatility as a concert performer, with highlights ranging from the opening ceremony of the Wales Millennium Centre, BBC Last Night of the Proms and the Royal Variety Show to a gala concert with Andrea Bocelli in Central Park, New York. He has given recitals in the major cities of the world and for nine years hosted his own festival in Faenol, North Wales.
Terfel is the last recipient of the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg, with a discography encompassing operas of Mozart, Wagner and Strauss and more than ten solo discs including Lieder, American musical theater, Welsh songs and sacred repertory.
Highlights in recent years include the debut in the role of Hans Sachs in the critically acclaimed production of “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” for Welsh National Opera, his return to La Scala, Milan, to open the 2011 season singing Leporello in “Don Giovanni” and Scarpia in “Tosca.” Highlights in 2012 included the role of Wotan in Wagner’s “Fliegende Hollander” for Zurich Opera, Scarpia for Baverische Staatsoper, Munich, and hosting a four-day festival, Brynfest, at the Southbank Centre, London, as part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World. His new album with the Mormon Tabernacle choir was released on the Deutsche Grammophon label in September 2013.
Highlights in 2014 included performances of Sweeney Todd at the Lincoln Center, New York and at the Llangollen International Music Festival; a concert tour of South Africa and a return to ROH, Covent Garden to sing Mephistopheles in Gounod’s “Faust” and Dulcamara in “L’Elisir D’Amore.” In 2015, Terfel debuted in the role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” for Grange Park Opera, title role in Sweeney Todd for English National Opera, Mephistopheles in “Damnation of Faust” for Opera de Paris and concerts to celebrate his 50th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall, London, and Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.