That’s Amore as Leeds Opera in the Park line-up is revealed

Caption: Performers at this year's Opera in the Park in Leeds will include (from top) Aled Jones, Laura Wright and Amore

Classical music sensation Laura Wright and operatic quartet Amore will join Aled Jones in performing at this year’s Opera in the Park at Temple Newsam Estate.

Organisers Leeds City Council and event partners Classic FM have today revealed the line-up for this year’s picnic-style concert which will take place on the evening of Saturday 27 July.

Popular singer, actor, author, television and Classic FM presenter Aled Jones will return to the event after his first appearance at Temple Newsam in 2011 to perform and compere the evening.

He will be introducing to the stage the Classic Brit Award-nominee Laura Wright, who is one of the biggest-selling classical artists of the decade following a meteoric rise to stardom.

The 22-year-old soprano topped the classical music charts in 2011 with her debut album ‘The Last Rose’ before embarking on a series of sell-out tour performances with Alfie Boe and Russell Watson. Last year Laura opened for Andrea Bocelli and performed Faure's Requiem at the Royal Opera House for the Royal Ballet - all during her final year studying at the Royal College of Music.

Laura was given the honour of being chosen to perform the official song of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ‘Stronger As One’ last year, and also sang the national anthem at all of England’s home matches in this year’s RBS Six Nations rugby union championship having been announced by the Rugby Football Union as the national team’s first official anthem singer.

Also featuring at Temple Newsam will be rising stars Amore, the operatic quartet of Royal College of Music graduates who shot to national prominence last year as they braved the cold and driving rain to continue performing for Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

After ending 2012 with three shows at the Royal Albert Hall, the group again sang for royalty in March by performing for Prince Harry at an event for charity WellChild.

The group were also seen by an audience of millions on national television last weekend, as they appeared at the FA Cup Final at Wembley between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City performing the traditional pre-match hymn ‘Abide with Me’.

The music for the evening will once again be performed by universally-acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North together with the Leeds Festival Chorus conducted by Martin Andre.

The event, which will feature a stunning firework finale, is again being supported by the UK’s most listened to classical music radio station Classic FM, while further backing comes from official media partner the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“This year’s Opera in the Park is a great line-up. We are delighted that Aled Jones has agreed to again perform and compere the evening after his first appearance two years ago, and we are very excited that some of the next generation of British classical music stars – Laura Wright and Amore – will also take to the stage at Temple Newsam.

“Together with the Orchestra of Opera North and the Leeds Festival Chorus it should be another magical and memorable evening to enjoy.”

Managing Editor of Classic FM Sam Jackson said:

“Classic FM is delighted to partner with Leeds City Council once more for Opera in the Park. Laura Wright and Amore are great friends of the station – and as one of our presenters, Aled is already part of the family!

“We're also thrilled to be working with Classic FM's Orchestra in Yorkshire, the Orchestra of Opera North, for what's set to be a brilliant evening of live music in a stunning setting."

Tickets for Opera in the Park are available now and can be purchased online at (www.leeds.gov.uk/opera) or in person/by telephone from the city centre box office at The Carriageworks (0113 224 3801) or from Leeds Visitor Centre at the train station (0113 242 5242).

Tickets are also available in person only from the Temple Newsam gift shop in the stable courtyard. Advanced car parking tickets are also available to purchase this year online and from the city centre box office.

Tickets for Opera in the Park are priced at £5 for Breezecard holders, £6.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders, £8 for those with Leeds Active, LibraryCard and standard LEEDSCards and £10 for general admission. Discounted tickets for groups of friends/family members will also be available at £7 each for bookings of between five and 10 people. Children aged four and under will be able to attend free of charge although a separate ticket will be required.

Tickets will also be available in person only from the Temple Newsam gift shop in the stable courtyard. Advanced car parking tickets are also available to purchase this year online and from the city centre box office.

A special 10 per cent early-bird discount offer will also be available for all Opera and Party in the Park tickets purchased before the end of May.

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

Notes 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 under 19 and for further information visit www.breezeleeds.org

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

Classic FM

Global Radio-owned Classic FM attracts an audience of over 5.6 million people each week, confirming its position as the UK's most listened to classical music radio station. Programmes are hosted by a diverse range of broadcasters and musicians including John Suchet, Alan Titchmarsh, Aled Jones, Myleene Klass, Alex James, Margherita Taylor and Nicholas Owen. Since its launch, Classic FM has aimed to break down the barriers to classical music and in so doing, introduce an entirely new audience to the genre. The station seeks constantly to expand its listener base through groundbreaking new audience initiatives and partnerships. Classic FM is available across the UK on 100 - 102 FM, digital and online at classicfm.com


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