In just over a week Yorkshire will have headline billing in London’s cultural calendar when Opera North begins a five-day residency at the Barbican.

This is a fantastic opportunity for one of our most celebrated organisations to showcase its talent to a London audience, proving why Yorkshire is such a rich, diverse, innovative and artistic place.

It’s my job to celebrate and shout about everything that is great about our county. I act as a global cheerleader for our tourism industry and that includes our cultural and artistic bodies, which is why I am delighted Welcome to Yorkshire will be partnering with Opera North during this residency. It provides the perfect platform to not just tell, but to show, an audience how wonderfully blessed we are in Yorkshire to have companies such as Opera North.

Yorkshire is less than two hours from the capital and can easily rival anywhere in the UK for a weekend break or a longer stay, so it’s great to have a stage like this where we can literally sing our praises and really put Leeds and Yorkshire at the forefront of people’s minds, especially at this time of year when people are starting to think about next year’s holidays.

I’m sure all three shows will be an undoubted success. They will put Opera North centre stage in the capital and encourage more people to think about heading to Yorkshire to experience our wonderfully creative county. I will certainly be there to lead the standing ovations. I hope the audience who will come and see the productions at the Barbican will walk away with one thought: that they need to see Opera North again but next time in Leeds.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire

Opera North’s Barbican residency is supported by touring partners Welcome toYorkshire and Tennants.

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