The Opera North Youth Company is the junior performing wing of Opera North and provides vocal and drama training for young people aged 8-19.
The Company meets weekly during school term time to take part in an exciting programme of performances and projects. It provides training in singing and stagecraft, delivered by a team of vocal and drama specialists.
Rehearsals take place at the Howard Opera Centre in Leeds, putting young people right at the heart of a busy Opera Company. Members are given unparalleled opportunities to attend rehearsals and performances, as well as gain an understanding of the full range of skills that make up an opera behind the scenes.
The Youth Company perform regularly with the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and are invited to audition for roles in main stage productions.
A knowledge of opera is not a pre-requisite of joining the Youth Company and the majority of the young people who join the programme have never experienced live opera. We are looking for young people who are can show commitment and who are interested in exploring new and exciting ways to tell stories through their singing.