Aled Jones has been named as the presenter and leading performer at this year’s Opera in the Park at Temple Newsam.
“Aled is a hugely popular figure as well as a superb singer and along with excellent soloists, the wonderful Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and the fantastic Orchestra of Opera North it is sure to be a great event,”
The popular singer, actor, author, presenter and radio star who can currently be heard on BBC Radio 2 and seen on BBC television shows ‘Cash in the Attic’ and ‘Escape to the Country’ will be the compere for the open-air evening classical music concert on Saturday 30 July.
The 40-year-old, who first shot to national prominence with his version of Christmas smash-hit ‘Walking in the Air’ in 1982. and has gone on to produce 28 albums in a hugely successful career, will also be performing at the event in front of a capacity 50,000 crowd.
Aled will be joined on stage by renowned opera soloists Orla Boylan, Heather Shipp, Gwyn Hughes Jones and David Kempster as well as The Leeds Festival Chorus, while the music will be being provided by The Orchestra of Opera North.
For the first time, this year’s event organised by Leeds City Council, supported by media partners Magic 828 and the Yorkshire Post, will also feature a spectacular fireworks finale.
Tickets for the event are priced at £12 general admission, £9.50 LEEDSCard and Breezecard holders and £8.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders and will be available from Monday 6 June.
The tickets can be booked online at www.leeds.gov.uk/opera as well as in person or by calling Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Rail Station (0113 242 5242), or from the City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks off MIllennium Square (0113 224 3801). Tickets will also be available at The Leeds Grand Theatre box office on New Briggate (0844 848 2706).
“Aled is a hugely popular figure as well as a superb singer and along with excellent soloists, the wonderful Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and the fantastic Orchestra of Opera North it is sure to be a great event,” says Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie.
“In response to the extreme budget pressures we are facing we have reluctantly introduced an admission fee for this year’s event, but we think the entertainment on offer makes it excellent value-for-money.”
Anyone requiring further information about the ticketing system or access to Opera in the Park can also contact Leeds City Council’s events team on 0113 224 3600 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full event details and travel information will be available at www.leeds.gov.uk/opera