tenor José Carreras and child vocalist Hayley Westenra
perform with Bryn Terfel at Sunday night's Opera Gala.
an opera singer of world class stature, Bryn Terfel can
attract some big names to join him on stage for the festival's
Opera Gala night. But this year he's hit the jackpot with
of the great Three Tenors, along with Luciano Pavarotti
and Placido Domingo, the 56-year-old Spanish star was
booked about two years in advance and will perform solo
and in duet with Bryn.
normal running order of the festival's concerts was adjusted
to accommodate the tenor's schedule - at the the previous
three events the Opera Gala has been on Friday evening.
publicity suggests this year's repertoire will be chosen
to suit opera lovers and fans of lighter music alike.
Also on the bill is 16-year-old
Hayley Westenra from New Zealand, a child prodigy who
has already performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
and Russell Watson.
into her family of singers, soprano Hayley has released
Pure, her first international CD, which has been
produced by Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer Sir
has already sung at the Royal Albert Hall this year and
is due to perform at the last night of the Kenwood House
Proms on August 30.
Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera will be conducted
by David Gimenez for the Opera Gala and, if past festival's
are anything to go on, will perform some purely orchestral
pieces, as well as accompanying the soloists.
stars at the Opera Gala have included Lesley Garrett and
Concerts Menu - 2003