Scarboro’ return for opera star?

Open Air Theatre commences with its first Concert with Jose Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa...birds eye view  102967n news
Open Air Theatre commences with its first Concert with Jose Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa...birds eye view 102967n news

OPERA singer Dame Kiri te Kanawa is keen to return to Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre it has been revealed.

She memorably performed during the opening night of the refurbished venue last July, together with Jose Carreras, and it is understood that operators Apollo Leisure are currently negotiating a follow up appearance.

Cllr Tom Fox gave an update to members of Scarborough Council yesterday and added that Michael Ball was one act to already be confirmed. He said: “Dame Kiri te Kanawa has asked to come back and Apollo are looking at how they can take up that offer.”

Dame Kiri has friends in Helmsley and is a regular visitor the area.

He said that at least two other international artists were currently in discussions and added that one would particularly appeal to a female audience.

Other events for the 2011 season could included an 80s night and a Last Night At The Proms.

The news also quashes rumours which were circulating earlier this year that Apollo, the company which runs the venue on behalf of Scarborough Council, would no longer be managing the venue.

At the time Cllr Tom Fox, the council leader said that there was absolutely no truth in the speculation because he expected an “impressive summer programme” to be announced within a matter of weeks.

No dates have yet been confirmed for any of this year’s performances.

Last summer, several high-profile stars graced the stage of the 6,500 seater venue. Thousands packed the theatre, which was officially opened by the Queen in May, for screenings of England’s World Cup games and the 80s Rewind Festival.

The inaugural performance at the refurbished venue from Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Jose Carreras was also sold out.

However other events, such as the Big Comedy Camper Van and Doves summer music festival, were unsuccessful with thousands of tickets going unsold.

The three-day Extreme Sports Festival, which ska-pop legends Madness were due to headline with a concert at the theatre, was cancelled at short notice after its organisers went bust.

There was also controversy when arrests were made during the World Cup football matches after a minority of fans became disorderly.

The screens were turned off, during the final stages of England’s vital game against Slovenia, after 14 fans jumped in the water in front of the stage.

Although there is no major international football tournament this summer it has been suggested that the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, on April 29, could be shown at the theatre on a huge screen.

The Wimbledon finals and Glastonbury Festival could also be broadcast at the Open Air Theatre.

The Open Air Theatre was originally opened in the early 1930s and finally closed its doors in 1986.

Its £3.5 million transformation was completed last year.