Welcome to York Opera

York Opera is York’s leading amateur opera company. Each year we produce a number of operas, operettas and concerts, including some for charity. Our singers are from all over Yorkshire, and are occasionally even recruited internationally!

We sing for pleasure – of ourselves and our audiences – and to critical acclaim. Recent reviews have commented on both the quality of the performances and the enjoyment given to our audiences (see our past productions page).

CA17_smallWe are very proud to announce we were finalists in the Best Production category in the York Culture Awards for 2017 - this is for our 50th anniversary production of Turandot at York Theatre Royal. Unfortunately we didn't win, but it's still a great honour to been shortlisted. Better luck in the future.

Our Current Production

Rehearsal start on 11th January for Tales of Love and Passion, the third in our series of staged opera extracts to be performed at the National Centre for Early Music on 16th and 17th May. Alasdair Jamieson will be conducting, and extracts will be from La Boheme, Cavalleria Rusticana, Eugene Onegin and Hugh the Drover. Auditions are planned for 30th & 31st January - more details are available here.

Past Productions

In November 2017 we performed Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience in York Theatre Royal. Once again we were under the musical direction of Alasdair Jamieson, while the stage direction is from the successful team of Pauline Marshall and Hilary Dyson.

York Press have published a series of articles about the production, and these can be found here, here, and here.

York Press have published a review the production, and this can be found here.

A collection of photos from the dress rehearsal can be found here.

In June 2017 we performed Verdi's La Traviata in the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. This was the first time we have performed this hugely popular opera.

An article about the production has appeared on the York Press website and also an interview with our Musical Director.

A collection of photos from rehearsals can be found here.

We've added some photographs from our dress rehearsal here.

Finally we have a very positive review from Martin Dreyer in the York Press, which can be found here.

In November 2016 we performed Puccini's Turandot in York Theatre Royal under the baton of Alasdair Jamieson.

The York Press review of Turandot www.yorkpress.co.uk.

Our Patron

We are pleased that Sir Thomas Allen is the patron of York Opera. You can read all about this distinguished singer here.