Ulster Orchestra welcomes Opera Superstar

Bryn Terfel makes NI début at the Waterfront Hall

Grammy and Classical Brit award-winning opera singer Bryn Terfel performs in Northern Ireland for the first time when he sings with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Friday January 18. The concert has been singled out by the Sunday Telegraph as the UK music highlight for January.

The combination of a great voice, immaculate diction, commanding stage presence and flair for acting has made Terfel the hottest property in opera throughout the world since winning the Lieder Prize in the 1989 Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

He was awarded a CBE for services to opera in 2003 and the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2006. He has performed in all the great opera houses of the world, but has never before been to Northern Ireland.

'I’m singing with the Ulster Orchestra in Dublin a couple of days before,' says Welsh farmer’s son Terfel. 'I’m informed, though, that they sound even better on their home patch in front of a home audience.'

Terfel joins the Ulster Orchestra for a selection of opera arias and popular songs.

'Following last season’s sell-out concert with Welsh diva Katherine Jenkins we decided to treat audiences to another big name in the opera world,' says Ulster Orchestra chief executive David Byers. 'You don’t get much bigger than Bryn Terfel.'

Bryn Terfel and The Ulster Orchestra, the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Friday January 18.