About Young Opera Venture

Young Opera Venture is a new, not-for-profit opera company, registered charity number 1151551, based in Leeds, set up to take first-rate performances to venues which have little access to opera, and to give young singers their first professional opportunities. Young Opera Venture Ltd is a company limited by guarantee No 7966711.

Our People

Our Artistic Director is Jane Anthony and our Music Director is John Longstaff.


Our new production of

The Magic Flute

is now touring the North of England after a triumphant first night in Barnsley.

There are more performances in Consett, Oldham, Wakefield, Stamford, Middlesbrough, Chesterfield, Huddersfield, Hexham throughout September and October

Some comments on the first night

Superb, exhilarating - a triumph!

‘completely engaging throughout’

‘wonderful cast not a single weak link’

‘I understood every word and the story made complete sense’


Latest news from YOV

Young Opera Venture is delighted to have secured ACE funding to support the Autumn 2014 tour of The Magic Flute to nine venues.

YOV is delighted to announce that composer, Russell Sarre, and librettist, Ian McMillan, (the Bard of Barnsley) are to write Ice Cream Wars.

Find a review of our recent production of The Marriage of Figaro here.

Read audience reactions to The Marriage of Figaro and Opera Appetizers on past productions.

Our future plans

Four performances of Opera Appetizers in June and July 2014 in and around Yorkshire. Part of the fringe of the Cultural Festival of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

A new production of The Magic Flute opening at Barnsley Civic Saturday 13 September 2014 and touring to Consett, Wakefield, Stamford, Middleborough, Huddersfield, Chesterfield, Hexham, Oldham.

A newly commissioned short opera, Ice Cream Wars, is to be performed outdoors in shopping centres, parks and holiday resorts in summer 2015.

Upcoming productions

Watch our video

The Magic Flute Promotional Video:

Excerpt from the Duet between Papageno and Pamina: