One of the most sought after international voices, Bryn Terfel is a frequent visitor to all the major opera companies and concert halls in the world. He 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 Höllander. 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. The Schubert Club is delighted to have him return to The Ordway’s stage after his performance during the 2003-2004 season.


Bryn Terfel

BrynLandscapeThe Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has performed in all the great opera houses of the world, and is especially recognized for his portrayals of Figaro, Falstaff and Wotan. He made his operatic début in 1990 as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for Welsh National Opera. His international operatic career began in 1991 when he sang the Speaker in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and in the same year he made his United States début as Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera. Other roles performed during his career include Holländer in Der fliegende Holländer, Méphistophélès in Faust, both the Title Role and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Jochanaan in Salome, Scarpia in Tosca, the Title Role in Gianni Schicchi, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore and the Title Role in Sweeney Todd.

Bryn 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.

He is a Grammy, Classical Brit and Gramophone Award winner with a discography encompassing operas of Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, and more than ten solo discs including Lieder, American musical theatre, Welsh songs and sacred repertory. In 2003, Bryn was made a CBE for services to Opera in the Queen’s New Year Honours list and in 2006 was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music. He is also the last recipient of the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg.

Highlights in 2015 will be his debut in the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the  Roof  for Grange Park Opera and concerts to celebrate his 50th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall, London and Wales Millennium Centre.

Natalia Katyukova

Natalia Katyukova, piano

One of the highly regarded young collaborators of her generation, Russian pianist Natalia Katyukova is currently working as an Assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and coach in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She previously served on the faculties of Texas Wesleyan University, the University of Fine Arts (Russia), the Conservatory “Monteverdi” (Italy), and the Natchez Opera.

A native of Klin, the city of Tchaikovsky, she has been invited numerous times to play in the House-Museum of Tchaikovsky on the composer’s own piano. Ms. Katyukova has performed with instrumentalists and singers such as Bryn Terfel, Irina Arkhipova, Ildar Abdrazakov, at festivals and summer programs including the Ravinia Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival and has appeared in recital throughout the U.S.A, Russia, Germany, Italy, Finland, Japan and other countries.

A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory, The Juilliard School and Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, her teachers included Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Brian Zeger, Ken Noda and Lev Naumov.


Date & Venue

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:30pm
Ordway Music Theater

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View a PDF of the program book here

IDRIS LEWIS: Can yr arad goch

OWEN WILLIAMS: Sul y blodau

FREDERICK KEEL: Salt water ballads
Port of many ships
Trade Winds
Mother Carey

JACQUES IBERT: Chansons de Don Quichotte
Chanson du depart de Don Quichotte
Chanson à Dulcinée
Chanson du Duc
Chanson de la mort de Don Quichotte

BRYAN DAVIES: A Medley of Welsh Folksongs


ROBERT SCHUMANN: Belsatzar,  Op. 57

Zwei Venezianische Lieder
Leis’rudern hier,  Op. 25 No. 17 Leis’ rudern
Wenn durch die Piazzetta,  Op. 25 No. 18

FRANZ SCHUBERT: Gruppe aus dem Tartarus,   D583
Liebesbtoschaft, D.957  Liebesbotschaft
Das Fischermädchen,  D.957 No. 10
Auf dem wasser zu singen,  Op. 72
Die Taubenpost  D.965a



1- Lord’s Prayer, Malotte
2- Home on the Range 
3- Green Eyed Dragon, Wolesley Charles
4- Die Dreigroschenoper: Moritat Von Mackie Messer, Kurt Weill
5- Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, Schubert
6- If I Were a Rich Man, from Fidler on the Roof


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Terfel is now far more than a singer, he's a national institution...

The Times

He can roar – with pain, with pleasure, with fierce indignation, filling the hall with full, strong tone. But he can also coo and purr at an extreme pianissimo, making a sound that stays audible only because there is so much in it to feel, as well as to hear.

The New York Times