Sir Bryn Terfel
Sean Rafferty gets an insight into the life, work and influences of bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel at his home in south Wales.
Sir Bryn Terfel welcomes Sean Rafferty into his home in south Wales where he meets some of Bryn's family, including his lively toddler who, Bryn points out, has inherited his lungs. Bryn reflects on his upbringing in Wales, singing in his local church, to the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1989 and the battle of the baritones between him and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Bryn shows Sean around his home, and they mull over Bryn's hectic international career in the major opera houses, in roles ranging from Mozart to Wagner's Flying Dutchman and Wotan. Sean casts an envious eye around his wine cellar and music room, and their chat throws up insights into the life and work of one of the country's greatest and much-loved singers.