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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 October we will be performing an evening of Grand Opera Highlights in the Guildhall. As Musical Director Ian Thomson-Smith will be stepping up to the podium for the first time, as well as no doubt joining our other principals. We also hope to perform the concert at another venue outside the York Area.

Rehearsals start on 4th June at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church Hall.

Past Productions

In May 2015 we returned to the Joseph Rowntree Theatre for Johann Strauss II's ever-popular operetta Die Fledermaus. With Derek Chivers joining us again as Musical Director, and Lucy Thomson-Smith as Stage Director, this was an enchanting evening's entertainment.

A review of the production has been published by York Press and is available here.

Our Patron

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

Registered charity 700279