Dig out your dancing shoes: one day to go!

It’s the big day tomorrow – Brynfest, our four-day festival, kicks off in style with The Golden Age of Broadway show. As we dig out our top hats and polish our dancing shoes, we asked Bryn why he chose to include a Broadway night as part of the festival.

‘It fits into the formula that I have used before at my Faenol Festival in North Wales. I’m always one that’s loved listening and performing Broadway tunes and since the advent of people like, for instance, Michael Ball, Michael Crawford and Elaine Paige, songs from musicals have really been brought into the public eye. I wouldn’t have a festival without an evening of musical theatre.’

Portrait of Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel © Briony Campbell

Are you a fan of musicals?

‘I adore them – they’re so entertaining.  I love My Fair Lady, and I saw Anything Goes in New York which was just tremendous – a real journey down memory lane. 

‘Oddly, last time I was in New York I saw the two theatrical productions that seem to have run away with the Tony Awards, which are Porgy and Bess with Audra McDonald (who, by the way, was one of the artists that came to my festival in North Wales) and I saw One Man, Two Guvnors twice with James Corden. ‘

You’re famous for your opera singing – what is your experience of Broadway tunes?

I grew up with them – they’re songs that I’ve sung and they have been sung to me by my grandparents and parents. They were always very popular in concerts when I was a youngster, even before I went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, but I then still used them in miscellaneous concerts we had all over Wales with male voice choirs.  So ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ I would have sung most probably over 1,000 times but still never ever get tired of it.’

Will you be performing in the show tomorrow?

‘I’ll make a brief appearance maybe.  It’s not my bread and butter but I can certainly, hopefully, sing a tune. I’ve brought along some very special guests to make the night go with a swing. We have an icon from Wales, of course, tying everything together, which is Siân Phillips. Emma Williams sang with me when we did the Sweeny Todd in the Royal Festival Hall, and there are many others too. These people work so hard, so to even think that somebody can turn up on a Wednesday night, in the middle of a busy schedule and just give us a concert is really enchanting. I’m very excited to hear them sing!’

If you’re a fan of musicals, there’s still time to book your tickets for tomorrow’s show.



Bryn Terfel appeared on Newsnight last night to talk about his festival Brynfest which is at the Southbank Centre next week. You can also see his encore from Tuesday evening’s concert with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.

Watch here from 39 mins in >>

Watch out, Bryn’s about!

Opera Super star Bryn Terfel kicks off his four-day festival, BRYFEST next week at Southbank Centre. With a surprise appearance at the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra encore last night with Gustavo Dudamel, we can’t wait for his performances in The Golden Age of Broadway (4 July) and An Evening of Opera Classics (5 July).

The Guardian talks about Bryn’s summer perfomances at Southbank Centre next week