Line up of stars for Faenol 2008

Stars from all corners of the globe and the outer reaches of the galaxy will be travelling through space and time to appear alongside Bryn Terfel at this year’s Faenol Festival on August 22-25 this year.

Announcing this year’s line up, Bryn Terfel said: “This year, our artists are truly out of this world! It’s a superb line up of glittering stars, absolute leaders in their field. Boyzone are sure to ignite the Festival fire on Friday night, and the opera gala is going to be a real powerhouse with stunning voices and of course the wonderful Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Not sure where we’ll park the Tardis, but John Barrowman and Daniel Boys will be very welcome here and I’m sure that fans from all corners of the globe or even the universe will be queuing up for tickets to see this time lord perform. I’m looking forward to it immensely and I’m sure our audiences will too.”

Boyzone, one of the most popular boy bands ever will turn back time to the 1990’s on Friday 22 August as they open this year’s festival with a selection of their best loved songs. Having split in 2000, the five boys from Ireland are reforming this year for a limited tour. Destined to be one of the live music events of the year, this performance will see all five original members – Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy come back together in style.

On Saturday night 23 August, the world class operatic voices of the renowned German soprano Diana Damrau and South African tenor Johan Botha will echo through space and time as they join Bryn Terfel and the orchestra of Welsh National Opera under the baton of Gareth Jones. Damrau who was born in Günzburg an der Donau in Germany studied at the Musikhochschule Würzburg before heading to Salzburg to study under Hanna Ludwig. Since launching her career in 2002, the glittering soprano has sung in the most prestigious theatres of the world including Vienna, Brussels, Washington, La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, New York and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors including Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Riccardo Muti, Ivor Bolton, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Boulez and Peter Schneider. Dian will be arriving in Caernarfon straight from appearing as Pamina in The Magic Flute in Vienna. Born in South Africa, Johan Botha is one of the leading tenors of his generation. He can be heard in all major opera houses and concert stages around the world, including the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, the State Operas of Berlin and Dresden, the Lyric Opera, Chicago, the Grand Théatre Genève, Hamburg State Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Scala in Milan, Opéra Bastille and the Châtelet, Paris, the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Staatsoper and Opera Australia in Sydney. It promises to be a powerhouse of an opera gala!

Time traveller Captain Jack Harkness will navigate the outer galaxies to arrive at the Faenol Estate to head a cast of stars for Sunday night’s Musical Theatre Gala. Captain Jack, otherwise known as John Barrowman will be joined on stage by Bryn Terfel and Daniel Boys. ‘Leading man, cult hero, debonair judge and show stopping singer’ are just a few of John Barrowman’s attributes! Since rising to fame as a West End and Broadway star, today he is in demand as an actor and TV presenter and reality TV show judge. Daniel Boys has been a regular on West End and Musical Theatre stages across the UK over the past five years or so, but shot to fame as one of the finalists in the BBC’s search for Joseph series Any Dream Will Do last year.

In time honoured tradition the Festival will come to a climactic close on Monday night when a galaxy of stars from the Welsh Rock and pop scene over the past thirty years gather to light the dragon’s fire in Tân y Ddraig.

Tickets for Boyzone at the Faenol Festival on Friday 22 August are priced at seats £40.00 / grass £32.50 and are already for sale. Tickets for the Opera Gala on Saturday 23 August are priced at seats £38.50 / grass £30.00; tickets for Music under the Stars on Sunday 24 August are priced at seats £38.50 / grass £30.00; tickets for Tân y Ddraig on Monday 25 August are priced at £19.50 / £12.50 (under 16). All tickets will be available from Thursday 1 May from the Festival website or by calling the Venue Cymru box office on 01492 872000, Theatr Gwynedd box office on 01248 351708 or Silver Star Holidays on 01286 671771 (telephone and internet bookings will be subject to booking fees, however, no booking fees for personal callers to these box offices paying by cash / cheque). A 10% discount is available for bookings of 10 or more. Faenol Festival is also delighted to offer a weekend Festival Promenade Ticket – enjoy all four nights for just £90 (plus booking fee).