Bryn Terfel Tops Classical Brits

Baritone takes two major honors.

With two awards, Bryn Terfel was the big winner at the fifth annual Classical Brit Awards, held tonight (26) at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Welsh bass baritone won both categories in which he was nominated: male artist of the year and album of the year for "Bryn" (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal).

Cecilia Bartoli scooped the accolade for female artist of the year, while Sir Simon Rattle's "Beethoven Symphonies" (EMI Classics) with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was named ensemble/orchestral album of the year.

Phillip Glass' "The Hours" (Nonesuch/Warner Classics) received the contemporary music award.

Nominations for five of the categories were decided by the Classical Brit Awards voting academy, which comprises industry executives, members of the media and orchestra leaders. Album of the year was decided by Classical FM listeners and readers of the U.K. radio station's affiliated magazine.

National British commercial TV network ITV1 will broadcast the gala on Sunday (May 30).