Acclaimed bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has embarked on a versatile musical journey at the iconic Sydney Opera House:
Joined at this marvellous Unesco World heritage site by his wife, harpist Hannah Stone the charismatic Welshman performs great classics – from Wagner’s sombre characters to the broadway musical “South Pacific” and back to his Welsh roots.
“I start the whole evening with Wagner. I’m singing the last scene of the Valkyrie, which is where Wotan is saying farewell to his beloved daughter for the very last time,” says Terfel.
“So I have different feelings singing it. I have, of course, three boys, but now I have a young daughter as well, which gives a different meaning to singing Wotan.“
Hannah Stone, a former official harpist of Britain’s Prince of Wales, gives a moving performance of Debussy’s “Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane.”
“It’s a very special piece in the history of the harp. Ethereal is the word that comes to mind. It’s otherworldly,” says Stone.
“It’s magical. I feel that it does just transport you somewhere.”