Larger-than-life Jonathan Vieira heads to Weston

PUBLISHED: 10:04 22 June 2012

Jonathan Vieira will be performing in Weston.

Jonathan Vieira will be performing in Weston.


A LARGER-than-life international opera star will be coming to Weston for an intimate one-man performance on June 30.

Acclaimed bass baritone Jonathan Veira has regularly filled major venues like London’s Royal Opera House, but is taking to the road for a new-style of tour, offering fans a chance to get up close and personal.

One of those dates will see him appear at Milton Baptist Church in Baytree Road next week.

The concert is part of the star’s tour – appropriately titled Larger Than Life – which will see him reshape his repertoire.

Instead of performing Verdi, Britten or Donizetti, the musical chameleon is now just as likely to be found singing Billy Joel or gospel.

Veira’s one man show is distinctive because you get so much more than just ‘the voice’. He is a superb comic raconteur, whose anecdotal story telling has people of all generations rocking with laughter.

He said: “For nearly 27 years I have been singing opera all around the world while also developing my Audience With JV, which actually began 22 years ago.

“The ‘side-show’ has gradually taken on a life of its own, spawning a DVD, seven gospel CDs and a list of venues wanting to host the show.

“We’re excited that 2012 is the year to give airspace to JV simply being JV with an audience. 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, and 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.”

And John Smith, vicar at Milton Baptist Church, added: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan for a return visit.

“His big voice and big personality endeared him to an all age audience on his pervious visit. A not-to-be-missed evening.”

The show begins at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £10 or £5 for under-16s, are available from the church office, on 01934 641574 or via

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