Cambridge University Opera Society
- CUOS

Cambridge University Opera Society (CUOS) exists to organise, advise and encourage operatic activities within the university, including staged productions, masterclasses, workshops, concert performances, recitals, talks, opera trips to London and social events.
By bringing together those with the different skills and interests involved in opera, be they musical, dramatic, artistic, technical or organisational, CUOS provides a focus for the wealth of talent, energy, and experience in Cambridge. Few student activities are so ambitious - or rewarding - as opera.

CUOS has a distinguished history of bringing new works to audiences, as well as conceiving fresh presentations of well-known operas, from the British premiere of Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict in 1967 to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in 2006, with a new English translation by Jeremy Sams. In 2003–4, the student productions in Cambridge were a double bill of undergraduate chamber operas, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Britten’s Peter Grimes. In 2004-5, the society staged two major English-language productions: Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Following on from the success of last year’s Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) is a modern production of Don Giovanni in Lent Term 2008.

CUOS provides a platform for young performers, having nurtured the first collaborations of David Pountney and Mark Elder, and launched the careers of David Atherton, Michael Chance, Andrew Kennedy and Alan Clayton. A recent offshoot of our activities has been the development of education programmes (The Marriage of Figaro and Hansel and Gretel took opera into 19 local schools), something we hope to make a regular feature of productions.

If you are interested in singing or orchestral playing; conducting, repetiteuring, accompanying or continuo-playing; stage directing, stage management, lighting design, set design, costumes or make-up; in producing, publicity, graphic design or sponsorship work or simply organising: CUOS offers you the challenge of bringing opera to the stage. Watch out too for the CUOS-run masterclasses with prominent professionals in the opera world. Besides the scope for active participation, CUOS also offers a good membership package for those who wish to enjoy the end result, including reduced ticket prices to Cambridge productions. Annual membership costs £5. Please contact soc-opera-sec@lists.cam.ac.uk or visit the website at www.cuos.org.ok.

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Cambridge University Opera Society posted: The villainous king Tiridate, driven mad with lust invades an entire kingdom just to get close to the noble and defiant princess Zenobia. Want to see how this gets resolved? Come see Radamisto: https://operasoc.tessera.info/index.php

17th October 2017 4:54pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Farasmane laments his position as captive to the tyrannous Tiridate, in Handel's Radamisto: betrayal, lust and political intrigue abound! 27th and 28th of October at Trinity College Chapel remember to book your tickets here: https://operasoc.tessera.info/ https://www.facebook.com/events/134324447306911/

16th October 2017 4:55pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Getting excited for Radamisto yet? Here our two generals show of their glowing props! They are sure to give Trinity College Chapel an eerie illumination for this beautiful production! remember to book your tickets here: https://operasoc.tessera.info/

15th October 2017 2:18pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Mainshow auditions start tomorrow! Have you signed up? https://goo.gl/forms/DqptgytFtfxAcnp32

13th October 2017 11:00am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Check out this costume test photoshoot for Radamisto coming up on 27th and 28th of October! Remember to get your tickets for what promises to be a very interesting and beautiful show! https://operasoc.tessera.info/

13th October 2017 8:49am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: There are just a few days before mainshow auditions - have you signed up yet? See the event below for more information!

10th October 2017 3:36pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Auditions for Holst's Savitri start today and there are just a couple of slots left, so why not sign up now for your chance to sing with us this Michaelmas! https://doodle.com/poll/d7u7w4i78kniy32p

6th October 2017 8:26am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Auditions are now open for the CUOS Mainshow 2018: Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. The show will be held 22nd-24th February 2018 in West Road Concert Hall and is CUOS' largest project of the academic year, providing an extremely exciting opportunity for students at all stages in their operatic lives to work at a large scale and in a professional hall. We are looking for five principals and a large chorus so please do get involved! More information about the show and the auditions process can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3_9XdA4q--EMmI4ejBzQlZUb0VDeXh5YkJKeGl6YTdBZi1n/view?usp=sharing Or, go straight ahead and sign up for a slot here: https://goo.gl/forms/DqptgytFtfxAcnp32 Any questions? Feel free to get in touch with Alice Webster, CUOS President, on president.cuos@gmail.com.

3rd October 2017 9:04pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: CUOS is at fresher's fair! Come say hello to us in Kelsey Kerridge (the sports hall off Parker's Piece) all day today and tomorrow!!

3rd October 2017 9:50am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Audition slots are going quickly for the second of our Michaelmas shows, Holst's Sāvitri - don't forget to sign up now for your chance to sing on the ADC stage!

2nd October 2017 11:00am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Auditions for Radamisto start tomorrow and there's just a couple of slots left! Don't miss your chance to be part of this fabulous opera!

28th September 2017 7:32pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Get excited for our first Michaelmas show of the term, Handel's Radamisto! Performances Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October in Trinity Chapel, see our page for information about auditions!

25th September 2017 11:58am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Auditions now open for Holst's Sāvitri! With the chance to sing on stage at the ADC and sing in a more dramatic way this Michaelmas, don't miss your chance to sign up now! See the event below for further information.

25th September 2017 11:22am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Auditions are now open for the second of this year's two Michaelmas shows, Holst's Sāvitri. There will be a wide variety of roles available, as we will be auditioning for three principals and an accompanying female chorus. The three solo roles are all prominent roles with intense dramatic possibilities. The chorus is a great introduction to opera for those who are interested in getting involved in CUOS for the first time: it is an integral part of the story and drama, and will allow you to explore being on stage at the ADC, but is also relatively low-commitment! The performances will be at 11.00pm, Wednesday 8th – Saturday 11th November in the ADC Theatre. Auditions will be held on Friday 6th October, with a limited number of slots on Saturday 7th. Sign up here! https://doodle.com/poll/d7u7w4i78kniy32p A full audition pack can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1iWk8HDWjbSM09pTTcyaU1vR2M/view?usp=sharing

25th September 2017 11:19am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Have you signed up for your audition yet? Slots are going quickly! https://doodle.com/poll/c6crzb27b7ui763n

19th September 2017 10:44am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Auditions now open for Handel's Radamisto! There are excellent opportunities for all voice parts with a wide range of roles available, small and large, for every singer! With performances in Trinity Chapel next month, what are you waiting for? See the event below for further information, and don't forget to sign up!

14th September 2017 3:25pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Auditions are now open for the first of this year’s two Michaelmas shows, Handel’s Radamisto. There are excellent opportunities for all voice parts with a wide range of roles available, providing exciting challenges both to those new to singing opera and those with more experience. The smaller roles can also offer opportunities to those who are looking for a smaller time commitment. All characters come together to form a chorus at the close of the opera. The performances are on the 27th October at 8pm and on the 28th October at 2.30pm and 8pm, in the Trinity College Chapel. Auditions will be held between September 29th and October 5th. Rehearsals will begin on October 7th. Sign up here! https://doodle.com/poll/c6crzb27b7ui763n A full audition pack can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B08uGY_VRWBAZnNCSmY0TkVBV0E/view

14th September 2017 3:23pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: *MICHAELMAS SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS* In case you weren't already excited enough about our first Michaelmas show, Handel's 'Radamisto', CUOS is proud to announce that a second show will be gracing Cambridge stages this term: GUSTAV HOLST'S 'SAVITRI' 11.00pm, Wed 8th - Sat 11th November, at the ADC Theatre https://www.camdram.net/shows/2017-savitri Stay tuned for more information and audition details for this tale of human passion and spiritual devotion! Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri

5th September 2017 11:00am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: *MICHAELMAS SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS* It's just over a month until the official start of Michaelmas term, but CUOS is pleased to announce that we will be putting on not one, but two fantastic operas this term! Without further ado, the first of our two productions is: G. F. HANDEL'S 'RADAMISTO' 8.00pm, Friday 27th October; 2.30pm & 8.00pm, Saturday 28th October, in Trinity College Chapel More information and audition details for this dramatic tale will follow in due course. Stay tuned to find out what our other Michaelmas show is!

4th September 2017 11:02am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Just over half an hour until the box office opens in Fitzpatrick Hall! Don't miss out - 1pm and 8pm!

24th June 2017 10:56am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Today at 1pm and 8pm - a 1950s tale of love amongst the vegetables.

24th June 2017 8:57am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: CUOS PRESENTS: 'A DINNER ENGAGEMENT' BY LENNOX BERKELEY https://operasoc.tessera.info/ Love amongst the vegetables. The Very Rich try and navigate their genteel way through the impossible trial of making dinner. Absolutely everything goes terribly wrong.

18th June 2017 12:55pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Look out for our "behind the scenes" video... Coming soon to a kitchen near you.....

17th June 2017 6:37pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: TWO DAYS LEFT! Make sure your CUOS application is up-to-scratch! Do you have a great idea for a CUOS show next year? Find out more here: http://www.cuos.co.uk/your-show.html Deadline: 5pm, Monday 19th June

17th June 2017 1:41pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Have you bought your tickets for our May Week show yet? Don't miss Berkeley's 'A Dinner Engagement'! 24th June, 1pm, 8pm https://operasoc.tessera.info/

14th June 2017 7:27pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Have you bought your tickets for the may week show yet?? Don't miss out! https://operasoc.tessera.info/index.

13th June 2017 6:30pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: ONE WEEK LEFT! Don't end up feeling like this! Do you have a great idea for a CUOS show next year? Find out more here: http://www.cuos.co.uk/your-show.html Deadline: 5pm, Monday 19th June (Photo: Sapphire Armitage)

12th June 2017 1:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Tune in to camFM at 3pm to hear our director and MD Eve Judah and Stephanie Childress talking about our may week show - 'A Dinner Engagement'!

8th June 2017 12:09pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Our fab cast and (some of the) production team for 'A Dinner Engagement'! Don't forget to book your tickets at https://operasoc.tessera.info/index.php Photo by Sophia Crüwell

5th June 2017 3:06pm


Shows

  • Sun 22 Oct
  • Mon 23 Oct
  • Tue 24 Oct
  • Wed 25 Oct
  • Thu 26 Oct
  • Fri 27 Oct
  • Sat 28 Oct
2:30pm Radamisto Trinity College Chapel
8:00pm Radamisto Trinity College Chapel
  • Sun 5 Nov
  • Mon 6 Nov
  • Tue 7 Nov
  • Wed 8 Nov
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  • Sat 11 Nov
  • Sun 18 Feb
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  • Sat 24 Feb