Monday, 11 July 2011

‘Name that tune’ as Opera in the Park programme is revealed

Caption: Aled Jones will lead the line-up performing a host of classical favourites

There will be something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s Opera in the Park in Leeds after the popular and varied musical programme for the event was revealed.

Organiser Leeds City Council has given more details as to the music to be enjoyed at the annual open-air evening concert which takes place at Temple Newsam Park on Saturday 30 July, featuring a presenting and leading performance by television star Aled Jones.

The music features a host of well-known pieces from films and television adverts, including from operas old and new as well as from musicals and classic songs from the fifties, sixties and seventies.

Performing along with Aled Jones will be 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.

The performance will include pieces from Verdi’s ‘La traviata’ and Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’, along with music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Handel and Glinka. More modern pieces from musicals include ‘Somewhere’ from Leonard Bernstein’s classic ‘West Side Story’, ‘I could have danced all night’ from ‘My Fair Lady’ by Lerner and Loewe and ‘Losing my mind’ from ‘Follies’ by Stephen Sondheim.

The show will also be brought right up to date with a performance of the dramatic ‘O Fortuna’ from Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’, which any fans of ITV talent show ‘The X Factor’ will instantly recognise.

The evening supported by media partners Magic 828 and the Yorkshire Post will end with a spectacular fireworks finale and a special encore performance of ‘Nessun Dorma’ by tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“The programme for this year’s Opera in the Park is packed with classic songs and popular and well-known pieces of music so there really will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“From the most ardent classical music fan to anyone who watches The X Factor, there will be a host of songs and pieces of music you will recognise. It promises to be a really entertaining event.”

Orchestra and Concerts Director for Opera North Dougie Scarfe said:

“Opera in the Park is always one of the highlights of the cultural year in Leeds; a marvellous celebration of top quality music making with a fine array of internationally-acclaimed artists and the stunning Orchestra of Opera North alongside Leeds’ very own Festival Chorus.

“As ever, the programme is designed to delight and entertain and be completely accessible for the audience who come to this event. We are particularly pleased that Aled Jones will be joining Opera in the Park, both to present the evening and to sing some superb numbers.”

Tickets for Opera in the Park are priced at £12 general admission, £9.50 LEEDSCard and Breezecard holders and £8.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders (all prices inclusive of VAT) are now on sale.

The tickets can be booked online at 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 are also available at The Leeds Grand Theatre box office on New Briggate (0844 848 2706).

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 Full event details and travel information will be available at

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