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 June 4-6thth we will be in the York Guildhall, performing Tales of Love a series of opera extracts exploring various aspects of love. This is 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.
We will also be performing a more concert-style version of the works as part of the Filey Festival on 31st May.
Tales of Love has now been cast (see list), and floor rehearsals started in early March.
We will be back in the Theatre Royal November 4-8th, performing Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
Rehearsals will start on 12th June, and auditions are scheduled for the week after. Please contact us for further information.
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.