Skip to main content Skip to site map (in footer)

White Rose Winter Music Festival opens with 'A Night at the Opera' theme at Harewood House

  • Date: 2 September 2011
  • Area: North
Country house

Harewood House, near Leeds, will provide the setting for the White Rose Winter Music Festival 2011. Credit: Alistair Wilson 50/50, PA Archive/Press Association Images IPTC

'A Night at the Opera' has been confirmed as the theme for the opening evening of an up-and-coming Yorkshire festival for the visual and performing arts.

The historic Harewood House, near Leeds, will provide the setting for the second ever White Rose Winter Music Festival, which runs 17-19 November.

After last year's success, an impressive line-up of professional artists and emerging local talent has been directed by Harrogate-based music director Anna Cunningham of Ultimate Voice.

Opening on Thursday night, an operatic evening will showcase talent from singers with a wealth of international experience, namely with Opera North, the English National Opera and the English Touring Opera. Fans of the world's most cherished operas will be more than catered for, with performances from Madame Butterfly, La Boheme and Carmen part of the plans.

Alongside the debuts of Yorkshire's Got Young Talent winners, Ravi Patel and Emma Hart, the White Rose Festival will be opening the stage to professional singers Nick Sales, Hannah Mason, Joanne Dexter and John Cunningham.

Festival Director Emma Ramply admitted that 2010's festival 'went better than we could have possibly expected' and explained how heavy snowfall did little to deter 2,500 followers of the arts from turning out.

The remainder of the White Rose Winter Music Festival will be divided between 'A Night in the West End', a Friday night spectacular featuring popular musical hits, and Saturday night's rapturous finale and an age-old British tradition, 'A Night at the Proms'.