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Bryn Terfel withdraws from production due to son's injury

09/04/2007 at 11:08 PM ET

pera singer Bryn Terfel, 41, has dropped out of the Royal Opera’s Ring Cycle due to family issues involving one of his children.  It is being reported that his son, Deio Sion, 5, broke his finger that now requires surgery.

I am deeply sorry that I feel it necessary to cancel my performances at Covent Garden this autumn. I have had a particularly stressful family situation involving one of my children this summer which has affected the time I had put aside to prepare for this challenging role.

Having begun rehearsals it is clear to me that I would not be able to perform at the standard I would wish to, and rather than progressing through rehearsal in the hope that I might make it, I feel it is better for The Royal Opera and the fantastic team working on this epic production that I withdraw at this stage.

He and his wife, Lesley, have two older sons, Tomos, 12, and Morgan, 8.

Source: Royal Opera House and San Francisco Gate

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K.R.M on

That’s a shame he had to cancel but I think he did the right thing. He’s still got a long career ahead. Kids don’t stay young forever.

I remember seeing him in a recital about seven years ago, and as an encore sang a Welsh lullaby that he said was a favorite of his son. It was amazing, so amazing to hear this tender little song sung by his big booming voice.

His kids speak Welsh as their first language, which is pretty cool too.

Ash on

I love Bryn! Another great Welsh singer :). I really hope his son is okay, but at least he has his priorities straight.

Lana on

I think he is making the right decision.It’s obvious he hasn’t taken the descision lightly.I speak Welsh as my first language too,and ye,it is quite cool,but sadly deteriorating.And it just so happens,Bryn Terfel’s brother was a sports teacher at my secondary school!Not really a huge claim to fame,but quite good for a remote town in North Wales!!Lana

Ash on

Lana, you speak Welsh?! Maybe you could teach me… haha. My grandmother spoke the language but unfortunately she passed away when I was really young. My dad’s family is from Wales, and I spent 2 weeks there in 2005… it’s such a beautiful, amazing country with friendly people. I wish I could live there lol.

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