Via LGF linkviewer, Bryn Terfel gears up for the Last Night of the Proms, and it turns out we’ve been mispronouncing his last name:
To his many fans around the world, and most people who work in and watch opera, he is simply Bryn, partly because outside his native Wales, pronouncing his stage surname — actually his middle name; he was born a Jones — is a problem for many. In the UK and America, you usually hear “Turfle”, which suggests a homicidal gardener in an episode of Midsomer Murders; but at home, it’s closer to “Tare-vell”, with a lovely rolled “r” and a back-of-the-throat, guttural, almost Russian-sounding “l”.
You can call me Fausta (FAH-oos-tah), Bryn. But I digress.
Bryn’s got a new album coming out next month, just in time for my birthday.
Continuing the white tie theme, here’s Bryn singing Stars:
And here’s Bryn’s voice as background for the beautiful short film The Dinner Guest: