International opera star Jonathan Veira is no stranger to venues that hold thousands of people, but he is changing his habits.
Instead of appearing on stage at Glyndebourne or London’s Royal Opera House or even the Grand Opera House in Belfast, as he often does, he is coming to St Patrick’s Church, Ballymoney to perform in an intimate one man setting on 13th September at 7.30pm.
This concert is part of Jonathan’s ‘Larger than Life’ tour. Instead of performing Verdi, Britten or Donizetti on the opera scene as he did - to critical acclaim – he is now just as likely to be found singing Billy Joel or Gospel. Jonathan is a musical chameleon, performing songs of great diversity to an incredibly high standard – which possibly makes him unique in the world of entertainment.
“For nearly 27 years I have been singing opera all around the world,” he said. “I’m energised by doing these shows because of the closeness and interaction with the audience. It’s wonderful to be able to incorporate the wide variety of music that I love to perform from Verdi and Mozart to Billy Joel, Elton John and even some Country & Western. I love having the freedom to tell the stories of my life and faith in an open, honest – and mostly funny – way! I believe that all this together makes my show unique.
“Following a trip to Ethiopia at the start of the year I am also thrilled to be in partnership with Compassion UK – a child-sponsoring charity that does amazing work with children all around the world.”
Tickets are available from the Church Office or church members at a cost of £10.