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Opera in the Park

Set in the stunning surroundings of Temple Newsam Park, Opera in the Park is one of the highlight events of the year in Leeds. Organised by Leeds City Council with media partners Classic FM, this event will take place on Saturday 27 July 2013.

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.

Aled 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. In 2012 Laura opened for Andre 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 are 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, 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 André.

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.

Times: Gates will open from 6pm with performances starting at 8pm and ending at approximately 10.15pm with a firework finale. Please note that all timings are subject to change.

Prices: £10.00 - General Admission, £8 - LEEDSCard / Leeds Active / Library Card,  £6.50 - LEEDSCard Extra, £5 - BreezeCard, £7 per person – Group / Family ticket (for 5-10 persons)

Children 4 years and under can attend for free but will need a separate ticket which can only be booked with other ticket types. Please note all persons aged under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 years or over).
Tickets: Tickets are available (subject to the terms and conditions viewable via the Downloads tab below) in person or by telephone* from:
• City Centre Box Office in The Carriageworks Theatre on Millennium Square - 0113 224 3801
• Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Train Station – 0113 242 5242
and from:
• Leeds Grand Theatre Box office*, 46 New Briggate – 0844 848 2700
• Temple Newsam Gift Shop in the Courtyard at Temple Newsam Park (in person only)

* Note: Booking / transaction fees apply


Travel Information: The main entrances to the arena (gates C&D) are located near to Temple Newsam House.

Event car parking is available at £5 per vehicle for the main car park located adjacent to the entrance gates and accessed off Temple Newsam Road which is well sign-posted from Selby Road (A63). Car parking tickets can be purchased in advance from the city centre box office (collection only) or on entry to the car park on the night.

A special event shuttle bus service will also be provided for those wishing to travel by public transport by new official bus partner Geldards. The X26 service will run every 20 minutes from 4pm onwards from stand P3 on Park Row (outside Lloyds bank) on a return basis to and from the event bus terminus at Temple Newsam.

Bus tickets cost £2 single or £3.50 return with under 5’s free. A family ticket is also available for £10 for up to 2 adults and 2 children. Bus tickets can be purchased at the buses but are also available in advance from Leeds Visitor Centre at the train station. No concessions or metro products apply.

A dedicated taxi / drop-off point will also be available at the event as sign-posted off Temple Newsam Road.


Further Information: Please see Opera in the Park 2013 Frequently Asked Questions, a pdf document which is available to view via the Downloads tab below. 

Contacts: Call (0113) 395 0891 or email events@leeds.gov.uk