Terry Wey, considered one of the world’s best countertenors by Fono Forum, is a recurring guest of the most prestigious Early Music festivals and works regularly with the most recognized conductors of this repertoire. During the 2018/19 season, concert appearances lead him to the Bachfesttage Köthen, with Händel’s Messiah to Herkulessaal Munich and the Barockfesttage Stift Melk, with Bach’s St. Matthew Passion to Toronto and KKL Luzern, as well as returning to Tokyo and Kobe with Bach Collegium Japan, working for the first time with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Academy of Ancient Music, and Tafelmusik. On opera stage, Terry Wey will give his debuts at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in a production by Sasha Waltz, and at Markgräfliches Opernhaus Bayreuth for a concert version of Gluck’s Antigono. He also returns to Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf for Stefan Herheims spectacularly popular production of Händel’s Xerxes. The long-running production Cantatatanz is invited to BOZAR in Brussels, and the stunning 40-voice performance Spem in alium can be heard at Heidelberger Frühling in March 2019. With Cinquecento Terry Wey performs at Wigmore Hall London as well as Innsbruck, Florence, and on tour in the Netherlands.

 

Terry Wey was born into a Swiss-American family of musicians in Berne, Switzerland, experienced a rich musical education as leading soprano soloist of the Vienna Boys’ Choir and went on to study voice with Silvija Vojnic-Purchar, Kurt Equiluz, and Christine Schwarz at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität, where he also studied as a concert pianist. After winning several competitions such as the scholarship of the Migros-Genossenschaftsbund in Zurich or the International Kärntner-Sparkasse Wörthersee Music-scholarship, he started working almost immediately with leading Early Music ensembles such as The English Concert, Les Arts Florissants, Freiburger Barockorchester or Il Pomo d’Oro, under conductors such as William Christie, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marc Minkowski, Konrad Junghänel or Michael Hofstetter. He was invited to some of the most important venues and festivals, e.g. Musikverein Wien, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln Center New York, Benaroya Hall Seattle, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon or the Philharmonies of Köln and Essen. He has sung solo recitals at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, KKL Luzern and Styriarte Graz.

 

On opera stage, he performed in a variety of different roles such as Oberon (Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Rinaldo (Händel: Rinaldo), Ruggiero (Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso) or Angel 1/The Boy (Benjamin: Written on Skin) at opera houses such as Teatro Real Madrid, Theater an der Wien, Staatsoper Stuttgart or Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris as well as the Händel-Festivals in Halle, Karlsruhe and Göttingen. He has worked with stage directors like Nicolas Brieger, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Luk Perceval, Balázs Kovalik and Floris Visser, but also with free improvisation theater groups such as Nico and the Navigators. His appearance in the main role of Händel’s Partenope alongside Christine Schäfer was highly acclaimed at the Theater an der Wien (Christophe Rousset/Pierre Audi, 2009), as were his debut at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2010 conducted by Riccardo Muti at Felsenreitschule Salzburg (N. Jommelli: Betulia Liberata), his interpretation of Arsamenes in Stefan Herheim’s immensely successful production of Händel’s Xerxes at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf (2013), as well as his debut under Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at the Styriarte festival 2014. In summer 2018 Terry Wey was the first countertenor ever to be invited to the Bayreuther Festspiele, for the world premiere of Klaus Lang’s der verschwundene hochzeiter.

 

Terry Wey’s special interest in renaissance polyphony led him to co-found the vocal ensemble Cinquecento, as well as working with leading vocal ensembles such as the Huelgas Ensemble, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam or Weser-Renaissance. Apart from ten CDs with Cinquecento (hyperion), his discography includes complete recordings of  Steffani’s Niobe (Erato), Albinoni’s Il Nascimento dell’Aurora (oehms classics), Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Carus) and Faramondo (Virgin classics), as well as two recordings of Bach’s B-Minor-Mass conducted by Marc Minkowski (naïve) and Václav Luks (Accent) and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with fellow countertenor Valer Sabadus (oehms classics). February 2017 has seen the release of his debut solo CD album Pace e guerra with Bach Consort Wien under Rubén Dubrovsky, by the label deutsche harmonia mundi.

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