Talented tenor will star on world stage

Ed Lyon in Der fliegende Hollander
Ed Lyon in Der fliegende Hollander

A Halifax-born tenor will thrill audiences with his performance in the Royal Opera House’s live cinema season.

Ed Lyon will sing the role of Steersman in the Olivier award winning production of Wagner’s Der fliegende Hollander.

The epic tale of ‘The Dutchman’ who is condemned to sail the seven seas for eternity, is thought to be one of the composer’s most powerful and brooding operas.

Ed, who lived in Illingworth and sang at Halifax Parish Church (now Halifax Minster) in his formative years is honoured to be a part of the screening.

“It’s extraordinary,” he said.

“There’s a lovely moment when I’m on the stage, I’ve sung my aria and I have to lay on the stage.

“It’s one of those moments where I have to pinch myself, - the stage is completely open, the set is huge and you kind of forget there’s more than 2,000 people in the audience.

“It’s really wonderful.”

The live screening will be shown in more than 1,800 sites in more than 60 countries across the world - opening the world of opera to thousands of people.

Ed said: “I think broadcasting it is a fantastic idea,

“My hope is that people get to see it, enjoy it and then go to see more opera in real life.

“The less people who think that opera is inaccessible, the better.”

Ed’s ties with West Yorkshire are still strong and he cites the area’s cultural vibrance as an influence when his musical journey first began.

He will return to work with Opera North at the beginning of next seasona and has been asked to sing Messiah with the Huddersfield Choral Society next Christmas.

And there is a chance to catch the talented tenor in Halifax.

The Vue, Broad Street Plaza, Halifax will screen Der fliegende Holländer on Tuesday, February 24 at 7.15pm and Sunday, March 1 at 2pm.