Singing in the rain for 2013 Leeds Opera in the Park fans

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A stellar line-up of classical stars left crowds at Leeds Opera in the Park with goosebumps on Saturday night.

The audience became a sea of umbrellas as heavy rain fell later in the evening, but fans said it didn’t dent their enthusiasm for the event at Temple Newsam.

Aled Jones was the host of the concert organised by Leeds City Council, with the singer and Classic FM presenter also performing on the night – his second appearance at Opera in the Park.

He said: “Opera in the Park is Classic FM’s biggest event of the year, and I was delighted to be hosting it.”

The former child star hosted his Sunday morning show on the radio station from Leeds yesterday, though he only just arrived on time after his taxi got lost en route to the studio.

He shared his rush to the Capital FM premises with followers on Twitter, arriving just in time to start his programme.

The previous night he had impressed opera fans with his vocal performance at the Yorkshire Evening Post-backed event.

Bestselling classical album artist Laura Wright also took to the stage, along with quartet of Royal College of Music graduates Amore.

Musical accompaniment came from the Orchestra of Opera North and Leeds Festival Chorus and pieces performed included compositions by Mozart, Verdi, Delibes and Bizet.

There was also music from Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Lakmé and Carmen and a selection from the Gershwin’s musical Oh, Kay!

The night drew to a close with a spectacular fireworks display which lit up the sky above Temple Newsam.

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