INTERESTED IN JOINING?
PART OF THE CAST
We love having new people join for each production. You might be 12 and a complete newbie to opera, but open to learn. You might be 24, with significant experience and biting-at-the-bit to try your hand in a major role in a full-scale opera. You might be somewhere between.
Everyone auditions to join the group, but don’t let that scare you. We are very nice, and it is a worthwhile experience in itself.
You should be 12-25 years old to join, and once a member you can stay until you are 29.
We separately audition for principal roles for each production. Obviously, the process for this is a little more exacting, but again a really valuable, if nerve-wracking, experience.
Rehearsals for the February productions, with the associated auditions, normally start in September. For the July production these are generally in March.
If you are interested, do get in contact. Many have first come to observe a rehearsal first, before jumping in enthusiastically.
I’M TOO YOUNG?
If you are not yet 12, and are interested, do still get in touch. We run a Junior LYO Summer School over the Summer Holidays. This is a full week exploring opera, music and drama, and is open to 9-16-year olds, and is regularly where our youngest members start. Click here to find out more.
We are currently building a member’s area with all the essential information you will need to join LYO, pay fees, access documents and digest news. Keep an eye out for this new feature in the coming weeks! For now, however, please use the contact form above.
PART OF THE ORCHESTRA
The orchestra for LYO is formed for each production. It combines the talent of excellent young musicians, predominantly from Leeds, including members of Leeds Youth Orchestra. Younger members are supported and led by experienced musicians, many of whom are undergraduates or graduates from the North of England.
It is a great opportunity for young players in and around Leeds to play full operatic scores, led by an experienced musical directory. We advertise each time we are auditioning for a production. If you want to be informed directly, drop us a line.
PART OF THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Putting on a full-scale production of any opera involves many people beyond the cast. Costumes, set, props, lighting, poster design, and much more. Some of the most enjoyable and rewarding creative work is done by people that the audience never sees.
We always have a production team of enthusiastic, hard-working, and fun individuals who know that ‘many hands make light work’.
Full Company Rehearsals
Saturdays 9am – 12pm
Saturdays 1pm – 4pm
Near production week
Fridays 6pm – 9pm
There are sometimes extra rehearsals as we step into show week.
The venue will be communicated to you during registration.
After the Summer Holidays we will be holding auditions for our next production, The Enchanted Pig by Jonathan Dove. If you would like to be involved in this production, please contact us.
Audition information will be available from here in time.
Like any society there are membership fees generally due September each year. The total is £195 and breaks down as:
- £120 membership for LYO
- £75 Artforms fee.
There is a 20% discount available to students. Please contact us if you have any questions.