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 ehearsals started in July, and we're now back on track following our summer break.
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.
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.
In October 2013 we performed Verdi’s Nabucco at York Theatre Royal. 2013 marked Verdi’s bi-centenary and we chose to perform this work as our contribution to the celebrations. Themes of identity, exile and religion were explored in this epic tale of war and vengeance.
War has broken out between the Babylonians and Israelites. The Israelites have captured Fenena, younger daughter of the Babylonian King, Nabucco. In revenge, Nabucco vows to destroy Jerusalem, aided by the vengeful Abigaille.
There is a review of this production available from York Press.
We are pleased that Sir Thomas Allen is the patron of York Opera. You can read all about this distinguished singer here.