Saturday, 2 June 2012

Opera sensation Noah marching into Leeds as new classical partnership announced


Classical music sensation Noah Stewart has been announced as the first star performer at this year’s Opera in the Park at Temple Newsam.

The American tenor, whose debut album ‘Noah’ went straight to number one in the UK Classical Album chart in March, will be among the leading names appearing at the annual outdoor picnic-style concert which takes place on the evening of Saturday 21 July.

Organiser Leeds City Council has also announced an exciting new partnership for this year’s event with Global Radio’s national classical music station Classic FM, forming part of their special 20th birthday celebrations this year.

Set in the stunning surroundings of Temple Newsam Park, Opera in the Park is one of the highlight events of the year in Leeds, featuring music arranged and performed by the universally-acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North and concluding with a fantastic firework finale.

Noah Stewart will be a familiar figure to viewers of ‘Dancing on Ice’ as he performed on the final of the television show earlier this year. The headline performer and other supporting soloists for the event will be announced shortly, with tickets being available to purchase from Friday 8 June.

Tickets are priced at £10 general admission or £35 for four tickets for small group bookings of family/friends. Special reduced rates for LEEDSCard and Breezecard holders are also available at £7.50 for LEEDSCard, £6.50 for LEEDSCard Extra and £5 for Breezecard.

Tickets will be available to buy online at www.leeds.gov.uk/opera or in person or by telephone from City Centre Box Office in The Carriageworks on Millennium Square (0113 224 3801) and Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Train Station (0113 242 5242). Tickets will also be available from the gift shop in the courtyard at Temple Newsam and from Leeds Grand Theatre box office.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:
“We are thrilled with the line-up for this year’s Opera in the Park as well as being able to announce the exciting new partnership with Classic FM which is a fantastic coup for the event.

“Noah Stewart has become a huge star known all over the world so we are delighted to be welcoming him to Temple Newsam for the first time. Together with the other star names to come, the amazing Orchestra of Opera North and the stunning fireworks finale, this year’s Opera in the Park is sure to be a must-see event in Leeds.”

Classic FM’s Managing Director Darren Henley said:

“Classic FM’s mission has always been to bring classical music to the widest possible audience and so we are particularly delighted to be partnering with Leeds City Council and Opera in the Park in our 20th birthday year.”

For further information on Opera in the Park visit www.leeds.gov.uk/opera or contact Leeds City Council’s events team on 0113 395 0891 or email events@leeds.gov.uk


Note to editors:

The LEEDSCard scheme is open to anyone aged 19-59 in Leeds on an annual membership and offers discounts and exclusive offers across the city all-year round at leisure facilities, events, shops, museums, theatres and restaurants. For more information on how to get a LEEDSCard visit www.leeds.gov.uk/leedscard or call 0113 224 3636. Breezecard is FREE for persons 11 - 19 and for further information visit www.breezeleeds.org

A booking/transaction fee will apply to bookings made online or by telephone.


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