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Welcome to York Opera

CA17_smallYork 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 are very proud to announce we were finalists in the Best Production category in the York Culture Awards for 2017 - this is for our 50th anniversary production of Turandot at York Theatre Royal. Unfortunately we didn't win, but it's still a great honour to been shortlisted. Better luck in the future.

Our Current Production

Our Autumn 2018 production will be Carmen in the Theatre Royal, October 23rd, 24th, 26th & 27th. Musical Direction will be Derek Chivers, and Clive Marshall will be our Stage Director.

Carmen is one of the most popular opera across the world, with music capturing the heat and passion of southern Spain, and a dramatic story of love and death.

This has now been cast, and music rehearsals are well under way.

Tickets are now on sale from the Theatre Royal. Prices are from £15.

Past Productions

Our May production - Tales of Love and Passion - consisted of excerpts from four operas, Cavalleria Rusticana, Hugh the Drover, Eugene Onegin and La Boheme, staged 'in the round' at the National Centre for Early Music on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May.

The featured extracts involve no less than 23 principal roles of varying magnitude, sung by 19 of York Opera's soloists (four of whom will be taking two roles in different operas.)

Leading the cast of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana were Ione Cumming as Santuzza and Hamish Brown as Turiddu, while the lovers in Vaughan Williams' Hugh the Drover were played by Annabel van Griethuysen (recently seen at York Theatre Royal as Sarah in Guys and Dolls) and Alex Davison, both of whom played principal roles in York Opera's last production of Patience, also at the Theatre Royal. The two couples in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin were Thea Jacob and Alex Holland, and Rebecca Smith and Karl Reiff, whilst the large cast of Act 2 of Puccini's La Boheme were led by Helen Eckersall as Musetta and Ian Thomson-Smith as Marcello.

The four separate extracts were being directed by four Stage directors - John Soper, Pauline Marshall, Ian Small and Clive Marshall, under the overall unifying musical direction of Alasdair Jamieson.

In November 2017 we performed Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience in York Theatre Royal. Once again we were under the musical direction of Alasdair Jamieson, while the stage direction is from the successful team of Pauline Marshall and Hilary Dyson.

York Press have published a series of articles about the production, and these can be found here, here, and here.

York Press have published a review the production, and this can be found here.

A collection of photos from the dress rehearsal can be found here.

In June 2017 we performed Verdi's La Traviata in the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. This was the first time we have performed this hugely popular opera.

An article about the production has appeared on the York Press website and also an interview with our Musical Director.

A collection of photos from rehearsals can be found here.

We've added some photographs from our dress rehearsal here.

Finally we have a very positive review from Martin Dreyer in the York Press, which can be found 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.