York Opera

Our history

York Opera was formed in 1966 under the name of City Opera Group, York. From our debut performance Operettas Are Fun
in 1967 to our 50th anniversary performance of Turandot and beyond, we pride ourselves on our all-inclusive approach -
if you have the enthusiasm, we want you to perform with us, no matter how little experience you have of opera!

Year on year we produce shows that are musically and dramatically excellent, and we’ve performed with many outstanding
individuals over the years. Our cast is always supported by vibrant set and costume, which we’ve designed and constructed within
the company since day one.

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MOST-PERFORMED OPERA

The Marriage of Figaro (4 fully staged performances and 1 concerted version)

OUR PATRON

We’re very lucky to have the operatic legend Sir Thomas Allen as our patron.

LONGEST MEMBERSHIP

53 years - we’re delighted that some of our founding members are still performing with us today!

The 10s

Die Fledermaus (2015)

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2019

  • The Marriage of Figaro

 2018

  • Carmen

  • Tales of Love and Passion

2017

  • Patience

  • La Traviata

2016

  • Turandot

  • Tales of Disguise and Deception

2015

  • Amahl and the Night Visitors & The First Nowell

  • Die Fledermaus

2014

  • Tales of Love

  • The Pirates of Penzance

2013

  • Carmina Burana &
    The Marriage of Figaro

  • Nabucco

2012

  • Iolanthe

2011

  • Angelina’s Betrothal & Trial By Jury

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

2010

  • Music Fit For a Queen

  • Ruddigore

The 00s

The Gondoliers (2006)

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 2009

  • The Magic Flute

  • Macbeth

2008

  • The Beggar’s Opera

  • The Yeomen of the Guard

2007

  • Eugene Onegin

  • Hugh the Drover

2006

  • The Elixir of Love

  • Don Giovanni (concert version)

  • The Gondoliers

2005

  • HMS Pinafore

  • Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci

2004

  • The Marriage of Figaro (concert version)

  • The Mikado

  • Die Fledermaus

2003

  • Carmen

2002

  • Don Carlos

  • The Christmas Story & The First Nowell

2001

  • The Sorcerer

  • Suor Angelica

  • Amahl and the Night Visitors

2000

  • Turandot

  • Home for Christmas 1944

The 90s

The Merry Wives of Windsor (1989)

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1999

  • Iolanthe

  • Dido and Aeneas

  • The Beggar’s Opera (extracts)

1998

  • Peter Grimes

  • A Victorian Christmas Eve`

1997

  • Trial by Jury

  • The Pirates of Penzance

  • Fidelio

1996

  • The Magic Flute

  • Gianni Schicchi

  • The Moon

1995

  • Hugh the Drover

  • Princess Ida

1994

  • Nabucco

  • The Elixir of Love

1993

  • Albert Herring

  • Ruddigore

1992

  • The Magic Flute

  • The Bartered Bride

1991

  • The Marriage of Figaro

  • Cavalleria Rusticana

  • I Pagliacci

1990

  • Rich Claus, Poor Claus

  • Macbeth

  • Hansel and Gretel

The 80s

Aida (1988)

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1989

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • Carmen

  • Iolanthe (concert version)

1988

  • Don Giovanni

  • Aida

  • The Pirates of Penzance (concert version)

1987

  • Orpheus in the Underworld

  • Nabucco

  • The Gondoliers (concert version)

1986

  • Aida (concert version)

  • The Con Trick (opera extracts)

  • Turandot

  • The Mikado (concert version)

1985

  • Cavalleria Rusticana

  • I Pagliacci

  • The Pirates of Penzance

1984

  • The Jacobin

  • La Belle Helene

1983

  • Turandot

  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1982

  • The Sicilian Vespers

  • Die Fledermaus

1981

  • Hugh the Drover

  • A Victorian Christmas Eve

1980

  • The Force of Destiny

  • An Evening in the Victorian Manner

The 70s

Hansel and Gretel (1972)

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1979

  • Patience

  • William Tell

  • The Gondoliers

1978

  • Macbeth

1977

  • Amahl and the Night Visitors

  • The First Nowell

  • Faust

  • Carmen (Act II)

  • Trial by Jury

1976

  • The First Nowell

  • Nabucco

1975

  • The Elixir of Love

1974

  • Dido and Aeneas

  • The Marriage of Figaro

1973

  • Amahl and the Night Visitors

  • Cavalleria Rusticana

  • Gianni Schicci

1972

  • Polly

  • The Moon

  • Hansel and Gretel

1971

  • The Beggar’s Opera

  • The Bartered Bride

1970

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

The 60s

Orpheus in the Underworld (1968)

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1969

  • La Vie Parisienne

  • Rigoletto

  • The Yeomen of the Guard (concert version)

1968

  • Orpheus in the Underworld

  • Faust (concert version)

1967

  • Operettas Are Fun