While Bryn Terfel is keeping busy belting-out Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, his eighth annual Faenol Festival is barging ahead with a freshly-minted lineup.
Since its inception in 2000, Faenol Festival (a.k.a “BrynFest”) has been organized by the Welsh baritone, with four days in late August set aside to showcase classical and pop music in Northern Wales, near Snowdonia.
This year, the second night of the festival (Saturday, August 25, 2007) will herald the Opera Gala (Gala Operatig) with an appearance by baritone Carlos Alvarez, tenor Ramon Vargas, Welsh soprano Rebecca Evans and mezzo Christine Rice, under conductor Gareth Jones and the Welsh National Opera
Bryn is hoping that his four-day festivals will garner a larger/private sponsorship this year, allowing him to transform them into weekly-long events, drawing larger-billed performers such as Elton John and Tom Jones. His public funding apparently is just enough to get the concerts off-the-ground, but does not allow him luxuries even such as toilets. ew. oh gawd lets please hope that they get some $$ benefactors this year.