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).
We have recently had an article about the company and Nabucco published on the York Mix website.
Our Current Production
On 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th November 2016 we will be performing Puccini's Turandot in York Theatre Royal under the baton of Alasdair Jamieson.
Chorus rehearsals have started on Thursdays, and principal auditions will be held on 13th and 15th June. Further information is available here.
In April 2016 we performed a collection of staged opera extracts Tales of Disguise and Deception, in a style similar to April 2014's Tales of Love.
The operas featured were Verdi's Falstaff, Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Gilbert & Sullivan's Princess Ida.With 4 Stage Directors and 31 principal roles covered by 27 people this was in some ways the most complex work that the company has attempted.
We've added some photographs from our dress rehearsal here.
York Press published a review of the production in their wesbite.
York Mix published an review of the production.
We are pleased that Sir Thomas Allen is the patron of York Opera. You can read all about this distinguished singer here.