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: 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


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Don't forget to keep your CUOS applications coming in! Do you have a great idea for a show next year? Find out more here: http://www.cuos.co.uk/your-show.html Deadline: 5pm, Monday 19th June (Photo: Sapphire Armitage)

5th June 2017 1:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Ever wanted to find out where you can find the tail of a tomato?? Don't forget to book your tickets to the May Week show!!

1st June 2017 4:07pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: It's a frothy, delightful, 1950s tale of love amongst the vegetables. The sweet but butter-fingered Lord and Lady Dunmow are trying to prepare for dinner with the Grand Duchess and her son Phillipe. Currently in very reduced circumstances,they hope to marry their daughter to the minted Prince. But as the Very Rich try and navigate their genteel way through the impossible trial of making dinner, absolutely everything goes terribly wrong. And yet, despite all the parental mayhem, the first buds of young love start to flourish... 24.06.17 13:00, 20:00 £5, £10, £15

1st June 2017 11:49am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Could this be you? CUOS show applications now open! CUOS would like to invite conductors, directors, producers and all interested in opera to submit applications for next year's Michaelmas and Mainshow productions. The Michaelmas Show is a smaller scale production than the Mainshow, which takes place in Lent term in West Road Concert Hall; for both slots there are significant funds available. There may well be the opportunity for shows to be put on in addition to these main slots. Find out more here: http://www.cuos.co.uk/your-show.html (Photo: Sapphire Armitage)

29th May 2017 1:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Rehearsals underway in the Trinity Hall music room. Looking slightly drained by the summer heat... At least the MD looks like she's enjoying herself

27th May 2017 1:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: We're very excited to announce the new committee for 2016-2017! President: Alice Webster Vice President: Edward Reeve Secretary: Tristan Selden Publicity and Web Manager: Michaela Higham Social Secretary: Matthew Gibson Treasurer: Kavi Pau Fundraising Manager: Luke Fitzgerald General Member: Susie Hill A huge thank you to the amazing outgoing committee for all of their hard work for CUOS over the past year. Stay tuned for applications information and just what's coming up from CUOS in the next year! Photo: Sapphire Armitage

24th May 2017 1:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Follow us on Instagram! @cambridgeuniversity_opera

20th May 2017 5:47pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Following today's first sing-through, we're incredibily excited to officially announce our cast for the CUOS May Week Show 2017! https://operasoc.tessera.info/

19th May 2017 7:13pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: **ALERT** Our ticketing site, Tessera, currently has a problem with processing card payments. If you've experienced this please COMMENT below to share your problem. We are working to get this fixed ASAP. Thanks for patience! https://operasoc.tessera.info/

18th May 2017 7:11am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: We're incredibly excited for our May Week show: Berkeley's 'A Dinner Engagement'! Design by Hannah Grace Taylor

16th May 2017 6:12pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Cast announcement for our May Week show coming soon!! Watch this space! https://operasoc.tessera.info/

14th May 2017 7:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Would you love to be in charge of posting nice statuses on the CUOS Facebook page? If so, CUOS Publicity Officer and Webmaster could be the position for you! There are only TWO days left to apply for the CUOS Committee 2017-2018! If you love opera and administrative fun, then it's definitely worth giving it a go. Applications can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ph1eqicvp7ieuev/CUOS%20committee%20form.pdf?dl=0 Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. Good luck! (Photo by Sapphire Armitage)

28th April 2017 1:26pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: CUOS are pleased to release the poster for our May Week production: Lennox Berkeley's 'A Dinner Engagement', wonderfully designed by Hannah Grace Taylor! If you're still interested in auditioning next week, don't hesitate to get in touch with Anna (afs37) or Stephanie (sec87).

23rd April 2017 9:44am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Music? Opera? Committees?? If these words fill you with joy, then it's likely that the CUOS Committee could be the perfect place for you! There are only a few days left to apply, so get those applications in before it's too late: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ph1eqicvp7ieuev/CUOS%20committee%20form.pdf?dl=0 If that's not enough opera excitement to keep you going, make sure to sign up for an audition for A Dinner Engagement: https://www.facebook.com/events/1973186876246565/ (Photo: Sapphire Armitage)

19th April 2017 2:01pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: DON'T MISS OUT SIGN UPS CLOSE ON MONDAY!

15th April 2017 3:26pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: There are just over 3 weeks left to apply to the CUOS Committee 2017-2018! To apply, please fill out the online application form found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ph1eqicvp7ieuev/CUOS%20committee%20form.pdf?dl=0 Be sure to get your application in before the deadline on the 30th April (or James will get this angry again... photo by Sapphire Armitage).

6th April 2017 2:31pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Don't forget to sign up to audition for the CUOS May Week Show: 'A DINNER ENGAGEMENT' by Lennox Berkeley. http://doodle.com/poll/67bxa6exygx7yway

4th April 2017 1:55pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: *MAY WEEK SHOW * We are thrilled to announce that our 2017 May Week Show will be the wonderful comic opera by Lennox Berkeley, A Dinner Engagement! Thank you to everyone who submitted applications, and congratulations to Eve Judah, Stephanie Childress and Anna Semple for their winning application. Auditions will be held on the 25th-26th April, so there's plenty of time to get those excerpts learnt. If you are intrigued by 1) mysterious burnt food 2) makeup mishaps and 3) friendly aristocrats, this could be the perfect show for you! To join the cast of 7, sign up for an audition found on the event below: https://www.facebook.com/events/1973186876246565/ Good luck!

28th March 2017 1:01pm


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