Opera star to headline at Temple Newsam

Lesley Garrett
Lesley Garrett

Yorkshire’s-own opera superstar Lesley Garrett has been announced as the further star name to appear at this year’s Opera in the Park at Temple Newsam.

Internationally-renowned soprano Lesley Garrett CBE will be the headline performer at the annual outdoor picnic-style concert which takes place on the evening of Saturday July 21.

She will join American opera sensation Noah Stewart who has already been confirmed for the event, together with renowned baritone David Kemptser who also performed to great applause at last years event.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said: “Attracting an artist of the calibre of Lesley Garrett to appear at Opera in the Park, together with Noah Stewart, means it will be a fantastic night at Temple Newsam.

“Add in the exciting new partnership with Classic FM and this year’s Opera in the Park has all the makings of being the best ever.”

Organiser Leeds City Council has also announced an exciting new partnership for this year’s Opera in the Park. The UK’s biggest classical music radio station, Classic FM, is the media partner of the event, forming part of their special 20th birthday celebrations in 2012.

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.

Headline performer Lesley Garrett is one of the biggest opera stars in the world, having produced 14 solo CDs and releasing her latest album ‘A North Country Lass’ in April.

Tickets for this year’s Opera in the Park are now available priced at £7.50 for LEEDSCard holders, £6.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders and £5 for Breezecard holders. General admission is £10 or £35 for four tickets for small group bookings of family/friends.

Tickets can be bought 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 are also available from the visitor shop in the courtyard at Temple Newsam and from Leeds Grand Theatre box office.

A special discounted ticket package for those wishing to attend both Opera in the Park and the popular Classical Fantasia event at Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday September 1 are also available to bought this year from the City Centre Box Office or Leeds Visitor Centre only.