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A Classic Summer's Evening

A Classic Summer's Evening

Part of the Millennium Square Summer Series

With the Orchestra of Opera North

Joined by internationally acclaimed soloist Rafael Rojas (Turandot, Andrea Chénier), Opera North presents a sparkling summer concert under the stars as its acclaimed Orchestra takes to the stage for the second night of Opera North in the City at Millennium Square.

Indulge in a breath-taking collection of much-loved favourites as the Orchestra of Opera North present a glorious showcase of some of the finest orchestral and big-hitting arias from its vast repertoire and upcoming season at Leeds Grand Theatre.

This open-air medley of classic masterpieces and lesser-known gems is a wonderfully uplifting accompaniment to a summer’s evening in the heart of Leeds.

Conductor - Renato Balsadonna

The evening will be presented by Mark Forrest. A familiar voice on BBC Radio 3, and BBC Radio 4, Mark is a wonderful addition to the line-up having hosted numerous evening programmes, live classical events and over the years, has interviewed some of the most famous names in classical music. 

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Doors ¦ 6pm

Performance ¦ 7pm

Additional Information

Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult

£45 VIP seats

VIP package includes: A premium seat located in the best position of the arena / Complimentary refreshments that include prosecco, nibbles or a hot beverage and cookies at Civic Hall to be enjoyed both pre-show and interval / A VIP lanyard / Exclusive access to Civic Hall toilets pre-concert and interval

Performance programme

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Smetana Vltava
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet – Dance of the knights
Leoncavallo Pagliacci – Vesti la giubba
Verdi Rigoletto – La Donna e mobile
Ponchielli La Gioconda – Dance of the Hours
Enescu Romanian Rhapsody no.1
Ravel Bolero (arranged AF)
Dvorak Symphony no.9 – II
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker – Dance of the Mirlitons
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake – Danse des Cygnets
Khachaturian Gayaneh – Sabre Dance
Puccini Tosca – E lucevan le stelle
Debussy Clair de lune
Grieg Peer Gynt - Morning , In the Hall of the Mountain King
Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube
Puccini Turandot – Nessun Dorma


Handy and helpful event information for Opera North in the City at Millennium Square 27-29 July 2018. 

Ticket collection

Before 5pm on Friday 27 July (recommended to beat the rush!), tickets can be collected from the Box Office they were purchased from: 

Opera North Box Office:
46 New Briggate 
(opening hours 10am to 8pm) 
0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7p/minute plus your telephone company’s access charge)

City Centre Box Office:
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, LS1 3AD
(Mon to Sat 10am to 6pm)
0113 376 0318

Over the weekend, tickets can be collected from Carriageworks Theatre Box Office located on Millennium Square which will be open:  

Friday 27 July 6pm-9pm
Saturday 28 July  6pm-7.30pm
Sunday 29 July 3pm-6pm


 The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics A Classic Summer's Evening Brassed Off Live
Gates open | 6.30pm Gates open | 6pm Gates open | 4pm
DJ sets from 6.30pm    
Event starts |8pm Start time | 7pm

Start time | 5pm

Orchestra concert | 5pm-5.30pm

DJ sets (interval) | 8.45pm-9.15pm  

Interval | 20 min

Film screening |5.50pm-7.40pm

Events end | 10.15pm

 End time | 9.30pm  End time |7.40pm

Millennium Square  

For your safety, the venue security team will be running bag searches ahead of entering the arena for all events in Millennium Square. We advise you to plan your travel arrangements in advance and arrive in plenty of time. 

There’s lots of useful information to help you enjoy your night in this handy guide, including where to park and where the entry points are. 


Please note, you cannot bring your own food and drink (other than small 500ml water bottles with unbroken seals) into the arena. Free drinking water will be provided. 

A selection of hot food will be available to purchase inside the arena along with a licensed bar offering beer, cider, wines, a selection of spirits and soft drinks. So if you’re in a hurry and rushing straight from work, there’ll be something you can grab inside the arena.  

The Great British Weather 

It is an outdoor event – there is no roof cover and there will be no patio heaters. You are advised to dress warmly as, even on a nice day, the temperature will drop in the evening.

In the case of bad weather, you are advised to pack a water proof as no large umbrellas are allowed, and umbrellas in general may restrict the views of others so you may be asked to put it down by a steward.

​Cash Machines

Please note, there are no cash machines within the arena.

Can I leave the arena if needed?

No. There are no pass outs issued – when you’re in, you’re in.


All persons under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, Back to Basics is limited to age 14+ and the film is Cert 15

VIP ticket holders  

If you have booked a VIP ticket, collect your exclusive VIP pass from the ‘VIP lanyard and Press ticket collection’ desk at Box Office desk inside Carriageworks Theatre before you enter the arena. Once you’ve collected your lanyard, there will be banners displaying ‘VIP Reception’ at Civic Hall where you’ll find your exclusive bar with complimentary refreshments and the toilets. If you get lost, there will be plenty of staff on hand to help.


Adult ticket From £21

Children From £10.50


  • a beautifully seasoned tenor… transcendent
    The Observer on Rafael Rojas