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).

CA17_smallWe 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 to been shortlisted. Better luck in the future.

Our Current Production

Once again it's time for York Opera's Christmas Concert - Joy to the World!

This year we are having our main performance on Thursday 21st December from 7:30 in the lovely venue of The National Centre for Early Music. The concert will be our usual mix of chorus pieces, small ensembles, solos and readings - some well known favourites, and others which we hope will be new to you (cowboys?! bagpipes?!).

Tickets are available online at the NCEM box office, or they will be available on the door. They are £12 full price, and £8 for students.

Past Productions

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.

In November 2016 we performed Puccini's Turandot in York Theatre Royal under the baton of Alasdair Jamieson.

The York Press review of Turandot www.yorkpress.co.uk.

Our Patron

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