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.

Young Opera Venture is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application to Arts Council England for funding for its new production of Mozart’s great opera The Magic Flute.

Having already secured generous funding from The International Opera Awards Foundation and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust we are delighted that we will be able to realise this project and continue to give young singers early career experience and to take great opera to local theatres in the North of England.

Auditions being held February-March 2014

Young Opera Venture’s new production of The Magic Flute will rehearse in Leeds from 18 August 2014 (music rehearsals in June), open on Saturday 13 September 2014 in Barnsley Civic, and tour to at least eight venues in the North of England during September and October with a possibility of further performances in November.

Auditions will be held during February/March 2014 in Leeds. Singers who are recently qualified from post-graduate opera study at national conservatoires or with equivalent skills and experience are invited to send CV, photo and covering letter to jane@yov.org.uk

Accessible, Local, Exceptional. Young Opera Venture is a charity which works to:
  • take excellent opera to smaller venues with little provision at present
  • build new audiences for opera
  • give young professional singers and musicians early career opportunities

Upcoming productions


YOV are delighted to announce that
The International Opera Awards Foundation
have recognised their work with a grant towards their new production of
Mozart’s The Magic Flute which will
première at Barnsley Civic on Saturday 13 September 2014. Click for
more details

Young Opera Venture are invited back to all the
venues previously visited!

YOV is very grateful for generous funding from the
Emerald Foundation towards its current tour of Opera

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

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.