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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

We will be back in the Theatre Royal November 4-8th, performing Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.

Floor rehearsals started in July, and we're now back on track following our summer break.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

When we learned that Ralph Butterfield Primary School in Haxby wanted to celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day as part of their studies - we had to help out. Read the article on the York Press website for photos and more details.

Pour, Oh Pour, the Icy Water

Following a summer travelling across the UK and Europe (see York Opera's Twitter for more details) Pirate Bear, our mascot for The Pirates of Penzance has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. We recorded him taking the challenge, and gave him a rousing chorus beforehand.

The Pirate Bear pictures are now available on our website here.

Past Productions

On June 4-6thth we were in the York Guildhall, performing Tales of Love a series of opera extracts exploring various aspects of love. This was a full staged and costumed performance, under the Musical Direction of Derek Chivers, with stage direction from a team of four directors, two of whom have not directed for the company before.

YorkMix have published a review of Tales of Love.

York Press have also published a review of Tales of Love.

Our Patron

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

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