Bryn Terfel makes belated Britten debut

Bryn Terfel makes belated Britten debut


norman lebrecht

January 11, 2018

The Aldeburgh Festival, 70 this summer, has always been a showcase for new artists.

Among those making their debut in 2018 will be Sir Bryn Terfel.

– Aldeburgh Festival 2018 celebrates Britten, America and the centenary of Leonard Bernstein
– World Premiere of Emily Howard’s new opera To See The Invisible on the opening weekend
– Artists in Residence: violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, conductor John Wilson and flautist Claire Chase
– World premiere of Colin Matthews’ orchestration of Britten’s Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo
– 15 world premieres including works by featured composers Michael Hersch and Simon Holt alongside new pieces by Philip Cashian and Sir Harrison Birtwistle
– Sir Bryn Terfel makes his Aldeburgh Festival debut on the final weekend


  • RW2013 says:

    With all respect to Colin Matthews – do the Sonnets really need to be orchestrated?

  • ftumschk . says:

    Slightly misleading headline, as Terfel appeared as Balstrode at the ROH in 1995; the first time I’d seen him live in an opera. One quibble I had at first was that he looked far too young to portray the character – a bit like when a certain fish-finger manufacturer traded in their old Captain Birdseye for a newer model – but my misgivings were soon dispersed by the quality of his performance.

  • Sue says:

    Magnificent singer! I absolutely love him.

  • Una says:

    At least he won’t be singing Wotan! 🙂 Fine singer when he sings the right repertoire..

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    Misleading title here. Sir Bryn has sung War Requiem many times