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
This autumn we will be performing An Operatic Grand Tour, a concert touring around the countries of Europe. On Saturday 3rd October we will be performing at New Earswick Folk Hall, on and Thursday 8th October at York Guildhall, both starting at 7.30pm. 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. It has been lovely to see some new faces and some returning stalwarts among our ranks.
In December we will be producing:
Amahl and the Night Visitors (Gian Carlo Menotti) – one night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy-turned-beggar and his mother are visited by three strangers. They are the Three Kings, and they are on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child, who has just been born.
The First Nowell – a nativity play by Vaughan Williams, incorporating arrangements of many traditional English carols.
Our Musical Director will be Derek Chivers, and Clive Marshall and John Soper will be our Stage Directors.
This will be at the National Centre for Early Music, December 16th and 17th.
Auditions for Amahl and the Night Visitors and The First Nowell will be held on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church. To arrange an audition please contact Clive Marshall on 01904 781126, or in person at rehearsals.
The audition pieces can be found here.
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.
We are pleased that Sir Thomas Allen is the patron of York Opera. You can read all about this distinguished singer here.