Leeds Youth Opera

Performance, development and musical education opportunities for young people in Leeds and beyond


Leeds Youth Opera (LYO) perform (among other things) two fully staged shows per academic year: one in February and one in July.

Contact us to discover how you can join LYO!


Guest Director News!

We’re very lucky to have Emily Howard Cobley as our Guest Director for Macbeth!

Emily Howard Cobley hails from the US where she held numerous directorial posts as well as having an incredibly successful singing career there, including that as a soloist at The Metropolitan Opera in New York – arguably the most acclaimed opera company in the world! Here in the UK she has teaching studios at The University of Manchester and The University of Sheffield as well as being Artistic Director and founder of Manchester Opera Project.

In her own words…

‘LYO is full of talent, energy and passion for Opera! I am delighted to be directing their production of Verdi’s Macbeth. This organisation is a fantastic training ground for young performers, conductors, orchestral players and technical staff. I’m very excited to both teach and learn from this talented crew of young opera lovers in our new production.’

There’s still time to book an audition! Drop us a line at leedsyouthopera_group@outlook.com


Something wicked this way comes…….

Cast rehearsals have begun and the chorus are sounding fantastic already!


Want to play in the orchestra for Macbeth? Now is your chance to sign up! Auditions are on Saturday 10th November!




Summer School

We had a fantastic Summer School in August, run by Tom Newall and George Strickland. We had  a very talented cast who all performed brilliantly in the showcase at the end, and we even had a visit from CITV who came to do some filming! Watch this space for details of next year’s Summer School!



At the Wharfdale Festival of Theatre LYO triumphed! Our production of Les Miserables received numerous accolades. These included 12 outstanding performance awards as well as awards for, Best Presentation, Best Director, Best Musical Director and Best Musical! Amazing, congratulations to the entire team!

And that wasn’t all…. At the Leeds CAN awards we won Best Actor for Turn of the Screw, Best Supporting Actor for Les Miserables, Best Presentation for A Masked Ball and Best Musical for Les Miserables. The three shortlisted shows for best musical were all LYOs! What a year we have had!



We are always on the look out for talented young musicians to play in our orchestras. Email tomnewall@hotmail.com to receive updates on auditions.