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.

Traviata_poster_small (50K)Our Current Production

On 13th, 14th, 16th, and 17th June 2017 we will be performing Verdi's La Traviata in the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. This will be the first time we have performed this hugely popular opera and, another first for the company, we will be under the musical direction of John Atkin.

All parts have now been just, and rehearsals are well under way. Details can be found here.

Tickets are available via Joseph Rowntree Theatre website or directly from the company.


We are currently organising a recital by Ian Kennedy at St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel on Saturday 29th April.

Past Productions

While preparing for La Traviata, we are also staged Opera with Afternoon Tea a concert of choruses and arias from opera and light opera at Acomb Methodist Church. This was a new venture for the company, and the audience seemed to appreciate both the unusual time for a concert and refreshments laid on by our social committee.

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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.

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.

Our Patron

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