Performance Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | 8 PM

Bryn Terfel
Malcolm Martineau

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Whether opening the Met Opera season in the new Ring cycle, leading London’s Proms audiences in “Rule, Britannia”—or singing at Carnegie Hall—Terfel is a charismatic presence. On this program, he and his longtime collaborator perform songs that Schumann wrote in a yearlong burst of creativity in 1840, his so-called Liederjahr, along with music by Finzi and Ibert. This will be something special.

Bryn Terfel will be signing CDs after this performance.


  • Bryn Terfel, Bass-Baritone
  • Malcolm Martineau, Piano


  • SCHUMANN "Belsatzar," Op. 57
  • SCHUMANN Liederkreis, Op. 39
    ·· In der Fremde
    ·· Intermezzo
    ·· Waldesgespräch
    ·· Die Stille
    ·· Mondnacht
    ·· Schöne Fremde
    ·· Auf einer Burg
    ·· In der Fremde
    ·· Wehmut
    ·· Zwielicht
    ·· Im Walde
    ·· Frühlingsnacht
  • SCHUMANN "Die beiden Grenadiere," Op. 49, No. 1
  • SCHUMANN "Mein Wagen rollet langsam," Op. 142, No. 4
  • FINZI Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18
    ·· Come Away, Death
    ·· Who Is Sylvia?
    ·· Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun
    ·· O Mistress Mine
    ·· It Was a Lover
  • IBERT Chansons de Don Quichotte
    ·· Chanson du départ
    ·· Chanson à Dulcinée
    ·· Chanson du duc
    ·· Chanson de la mort
  • RASBACH "Trees"
  • TRAD. "Ar Hyd y Nos" (arr. Chris Hazell)
  • GILBERT & SULLIVAN "When the Night Wind Howls" from Ruddigore
  • KELLEY "Home on the Range" (arr. David Gurion)
  • MALOTTE "The Lord's Prayer"

  • Encores:
  • WEILL "Moritat von Mackie Messer" from Die Dreigroschenoper
  • BOITO "Son lo spirito che nega" from Mefistofele

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 55 minutes, including one intermission


  • Bryn Terfel

    The Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel rose to prominence when he won the Lieder prize in the 1989 Cardiff Singer of the World competition. He has performed in all the great opera houses of the world, and is especially recognized for his portrayals of Figaro and Falstaff. Other roles include Wotan in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, the Dutchman 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, the Four Villains in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore, and the title role in Sweeney Todd.

    Current and upcoming highlights include Mr. Terfel's debut as Hans Sachs in a critically acclaimed production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the Welsh National Opera, and Wotan in Wagner's Ring cycle for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Metropolitan Opera.

    Mr. Terfel is also known for his versatility as a concert performer, with highlights ranging from the opening ceremony of the Wales Millennium Centre to Last Night of the Proms and the Royal Variety Show. In 2007, he sang the title role in concert performances of Sweeney Todd as part of the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall in London. He has given recitals in the major cities of the world, and hosts his own festival every year in Faenol, North Wales.

    Mr. Terfel is a Grammy, Classical BRIT, and Gramophone Award winner, with a discography that include the operas of Mozart, Wagner, and Strauss, and more than 10 solo discs that feature lieder, musical theater, Welsh songs, and sacred repertory. An album of Christmas music will be released this fall.

    In 2003, Mr. Terfel was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to opera in the Queen's New Year Honours List, and in 2006, he was awarded the Queen's Medal for Music. He is also the last recipient of the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg.

    Mr. Terfel is pleased to have associations with several companies, most notably Rolex, Clogau Gold, and the Penderyn Distillery.
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  • Malcolm Martineau

    Recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, Malcolm Martineau has worked with many of the world's greatest singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kožená, Solveig Kringelborn, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Lisa Milne, Ann Murray, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Michael Schade, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, and Sarah Walker.

    Mr. Martineau has presented many of his own series, including the complete songs of Debussy and Poulenc at St. Johns Smith Square, a Britten and a Poulenc series at Wigmore Hall, and the complete songs of Hugo Wolf at the Edinburgh Festival. He has appeared at London's Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; La Scala in Milan; the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; the Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona; Berlin's Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam's Concertgebouw; Vienna's Konzerthaus and Musikverein; Alice Tully Hall; Sydney Opera House; and at the Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Munich, and Salzburg festivals.

    Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann, and English songs with Bryn Terfel; Schubert and Strauss with Simon Keenlyside; and the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause, as well as recordings with Angela Gheorghiu, Barbara Bonney, Magdalena Kožená, Della Jones, Susan Bullock, Solveig Kringelborn, and Amanda Roocroft.

    In addition to tonight's recital, Mr. Martineau's engagements this season include appearances with Sir Thomas Allen, Susan Graham, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kožená, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Kate Royal, and Michael Schade.

    Born in Edinburgh, Mr. Martineau studied at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, and at the Royal College of Music. He received an honorary doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004, and was appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009.
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Schubert "An die Musik," D. 547
Bryn Terfel, Bass / Malcolm Martineau, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

This performance is part of Great Singers I, and Great Singers I Mini.