VPAC winter programming reaches high point with Bryn Terfel on Jan. 27
Special to the Daily
If you go …
What: An evening with Bryn Terfel.
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
Cost: $150, or $50 for students.
More information: Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.
• The free VPAC shuttle runs from Beaver Creek’s Elk Lot to the venue, 75, 45 and 15 minutes prior to each show.
• Get a special $10 parking rate at the Villa Montane parking lot.
• Travel from Vail to the venue via Hummers of Vail for as little as $15 per round trip.
For more, visit http://www.vilarpac.org or call the VPAC Box Office at 970-845-8497.
BEAVER CREEK — Give someone the words, “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro,” and they are very likely to know the tune of the famous opera, even if they don’t know the story and history behind this classic piece.
So it should be with the name Bryn Terfel. The world-renowned vocalist has transcended the boundaries of opera, rising from the deep musical traditions of northern Wales to become an international standard-bearer for his art form, even as he gained appeal in mainstream music.
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Terfel adds the Vilar Performing Arts Center to a tour this year that also includes the Royal Opera in London, the Opernhaus in Zurich and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The 6:30 p.m. performance will be his only appearance in Colorado, as well as a zenith for the Vilar Performing Arts Center winter program, said Executive Director Kris Sabel.
“Bryn Terfel brings depth and emotion to every performance,” Sabel said. “Like all the greats, he brings out the best in his art form. If you’ve never experienced opera before, he’s an excellent choice to come and discover just how engaging it can be, and you can enjoy a wide range of music he will select for his evening at the VPAC.”
Charming and charismatic, Terfel is equally at home in opera, music theater and the melodic canon of his native land. His Jan. 27 concert is expected to display portions of his operatic repertoire, as well as sparkling musical theater gems, all at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, an intimate venue where no imperfection goes unnoticed.
Terfel first became known after stirring performances as Figaro and Falstaff at the Welsh National Opera. He went on to debut as Figaro at the English National Opera in 1991, and, from there, gained international acclaim. His operatic achievements are accented by forays into popular music, as when he performed “Roxanne” at Sting’s 60th birthday party or when he paired with Emma Thomson to play the lead in Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Terfel’s recordings have earned him two Grammy Awards and four Classical Brit Awards, and his discography encompasses operas of Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, along with more than 10 solo albums. Terfel is the also the recipient of Her Majesty the Queen’s Medal for Music.
He is also a frequent performer at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, also known as The BBC Proms. The Proms are an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in central London. Founded in 1895, each season currently consists of more than 70 concerts in the Albert Hall, where Terfel has become a highlight each year.
His recent work includes a recently completed run as Teveye in a production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” This lends credence to the idea that he may perform, “If I Were A Rich Man,” or other selections from the well-known musical. Together with folk songs, well-known arias and other choices from his wide regions of mastery, the evening is sure to be one of the most memorable of the Vilar Performing Arts Center season.
Visit http://www.vilarpac.org to learn more.
Tom Boyd is the director of communications for the Vail Valley Foundation.