Opera Nova based in the Tees Valley in the North East of England performs opera music at a variety of venues throughout the region.

Opera Nova Outreach Project 2024

Opera Nova in partnership with Great Aycliffe Town Council present 

The Merry Widow by Franz Léhar

Everyone at Opera Nova is excited to be involved in this new venture and looking forward to performing for the local community of Great Aycliffe.

Thanks to generous funding from Great Aycliffe Town Council, we are launching our new Opera Nova Outreach project in the community of Great Aycliffe this June. Opera Nova Outreach events in your local area include:

Opera Day at Woodham Burn Community Primary School

Members of Opera Nova will work with Year 5 pupils, aided by music students from Woodham Academy. All will learn to sing and act short scenes from the light-hearted operetta, The Merry Widow. The workshops will end with both Woodham Burn and Woodham Academy performing alongside Opera Nova on Saturday 29 June 2024.
‘For one night only’, Opera Nova and guests present:
Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow
Saturday 29th June at 7.30pm
Woodham Burn Community Primary School, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4EX
** please note change from originally advertised venue **
Children and young people involved in the project will perform as part of the Opera Nova company.
Children and students of all ages are FREE
Adult tickets: £5 - reduced from £15*
*Ticket price subsidised thanks to the support of Great Aycliffe Town Council
Tickets are available from Opera Nova T: 07795 323985


Next performance:

Stokesley Methodist Church, High Street, Stokesley, TS9 5AD
Tuesday 9 July 2024 7:30 pm
Tickets £15 adults, £1 under 16s and students from Eventbrite or call/text 07795 323985


Past performances

The concert series ‘Partytime!’ was presented by Opera Nova in Winter/Spring 2024– a selection of fun choruses and ensembles from opera and operetta, including songs from The Merry Widow which we are preparing to present as our semi-staged production for 2024.

For the spring to autumn 2023 season, Opera Nova presented a programme of Verdi opera with semi­-staged extracts from La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Aida, Falstaff and Otello, with Artistic Director Penny Randall-Davis, Musical Director Marco Romano and accompanist Lauren Gilbert.

audio file:


photo by Alan Clements: Verdi: Love and Loss 2023













photo gallery:
schools performance of Trial by Jury in Middlesbrough Town Hall Courtroom


photo by Alan Clements: Trial by Jury 2019

About Opera Nova

Opera Nova is an amateur company that promotes and stages opera. We aim to provide professional quality entertainment accessible to a wide audience and to develop the talents of local singers of all ages.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at 
Holy Trinity with Saint Mark Church, Stockton-on-Tees

contact us:   Sue 07795 323985 or secretary@operanova.org.uk

website comments:   Clive   webmaster@operanova.org.uk

Registered Charity Number:   1138924      Company Number:   05720992

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Next Events

Date Series
Woodham Academy Saturday, 29 June 2024 - 7:30pm Opera Nova Outreach Project 2024
Stokesley Methodist Church TS9 5AD Tuesday, 9 July 2024 - 7:30pm The Merry Widow