Class acts announced for Leeds Opera in the Park

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Classical music favourites old and new will be taking to the stage at this year’s Opera in the Park concert in Leeds.

Long-established TV star and singer Aled Jones will be compering and performing at the annual event, organisers at the city council announced today.

Aled will be joined by Classic Brit Award nominee Laura Wright and hotly-tipped operatic quartet Amore.

Music will come from the Orchestra of Opera North and the Leeds Festival Chorus, conducted by Martin Andre.

Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, Coun 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.”

Opera in the Park will take place in the grounds of Temple Newsam House on the evening of Saturday, July 27.

It is being supported by the Classic FM radio station while the Yorkshire Evening Post is the event’s official media partner.

Tickets can be bought from the www.leeds.gov.uk/opera web page as well as in person or over the phone from the Carriageworks (0113 224 3801) or the visitor centre at Leeds City Station (0113 242 5242).

They cost £10 general admission, although discounts are available for holders of leisure passes such as Breezecards.

* Opera in the Park’s sister event, the Party in the Park pop concert, is being held at Temple Newsam on July 28.

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