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

From 9-11th May 2019 we will be performing Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

Several years have passed since Figaro played matchmaker to his master, the Count D’Almaviva. Now growing distant from his wife, The Count has his eyes set on Susanna, Figaro’s bride-to-be, to the consternation of The Countess.

Set on the day of their wedding, The Marriage of Figaro tells the story of plots of marriage, infidelity, revenge, money, and eventual forgiveness, all taking place through the course of a single riotous day.

Auditions will be 8-9th January. More information is available on the website, but contact the company at secretary@yorkopera.org to be added to the mailing list.

In addition we hope to be performing some concerts during April. Rehearsals are expected to start on 17th January at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church.

Past Productions

Our Autumn 2018 production was Carmen in the Theatre Royal under the Musical Direction of Derek Chivers, and Clive Marshall was our Stage Director.

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

We have a cluster of Carmen reviews from: York Press, Yorkshire Times, and North West End.

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.

Our Patron

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