YORK hotel worker Jacob Walsh is set to appear on stage for the first time as an opera singer extraordinaire.

The talented 24-year-old from Selby works in his day job as a member of The Principal York’s new guest services team and often wows hotel guests with impromptu singing performances.

However, Jacob who was trained by one of the UK’s best opera singers, is preparing to make his professional singing debut, performing at the National Centre for Early Music on September 30

A Night at The Opera will see Jacob appear for the first time as The Yorkshire Tenor, singing some of his favourite songs from classic operas such as La Bohème and Tosca.

The musical marvel is a classically trained tenor who was taught by Michael DeCosta, the principal baritone at the English National Opera.

He started his career as a church singer at his local church then in choirs at Selby Abbey and as a chorister at York Minster.

Jacob has been working at The Principal York for 18 months where welcoming hotel guests and providing recommendations on what to do in the city are just some of his usual day-to-day responsibilities.