One of the world’s top tenors has a musical date with classical superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, it’s been revealed.Noah Stewart is set for a third appearance at Llangollen in four years as he prepares to join the Welsh mezzo soprano on stage for a concert adaption of Georges Bizet’s opera, Carmen.According to Stewart, who hails from Harlem, in New York, he can’t wait to perform alongside Katherine in her portrayal of the fiery gypsy, Carmen, in ‘special’ Llangollen, which is one of his favourite concert venues.
Stewart said: “I’m so excited it’s going to be wonderful evening Katherine is such a fabulous singer and a truly beautiful person. We did the Glasgow Proms three summers ago, I think it was the last night and we sang a series of duets together.
She has an amazing voice and is such a wonderful and talented woman.
Other highlights at this year’s festival – the 70th since it started in 1947 – include superstar bass baritone Bryn Terfel in concert with top tenor Joseph Calleja on Thursday, July 7 , along with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra who bring the curtain down on the festival with a foot stomping party on Sunday, July 10.
The Wednesday night concert will be a celebration of musical theatre featuring the Kerry Ellis, dubbed the First Lady of the West End, and Collabro who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2014.
They will be joined by talented Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre, the CBC Voices from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra under the direction of John Quirk.
The Friday night concert, Heart Of Llangollen, will showcase the best of the international competitors.It will also include the Dance Champions competition and a Caribbean Carnival Extravaganza.The competitions draw to a close on Saturday night with the famous Choir of the World contest with the prestigious Pavarotti Trophy up for grabs.The audience will also be entertained by the popular vocal group, The Swingles. He said: “I’ve played Don José more than any other throughout my career.In fact at least 36 times, I’ve just completed a 16 date tour of the UK with the Scottish Opera playing that very role.“It’s a fantastic part to play and perform and Don José is such a complex character who falls madly in love with this sexy, alluring gypsy girl.