Bryn Terfel: I sang at barmitzvahs…

The Welsh bass-baritone has been running through his qualifications to perform Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He told Richard Morrison of the (London) Times that he grew up with Topol’s recording of the musical echoing around the family farmhouse. And there were other aptitudes:

‘My dad milked cows. I carried milk churns. I have a long connection with milk. So who better to play a milkman? And I have lots of links to the Jewish community. Years ago when I was studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama I lived in Golders Green and supplemented my income by singing at Jewish family gatherings.’

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Fiddler on the Roof opens at Grange Park Opera on June 4.

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  • In Manchester, we played Ladies’ Nights at the region’s masonic lodges. Oh, and plenty of Bar Mitzvahs in North Cheshire.

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