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).

Patience_poster_smallWe have recently had an article about the company and Nabucco published on the York Mix website.

Our Current Production

From 8th-11th November 2017 we will be performing Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience in York Theatre Royal. Once again we will be under the musical direction of Alasdair Jamieson, while the stage direction is from the successful team of Pauline Marshall and Hilary Dyson.

Rehearsals started on Thursday 22nd June at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church. The roles are all now cast, and the list can be found here.

Past Productions

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.