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: 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


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: *COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS* We're looking for a team of 7 to form the CUOS Committee 2017-2018. The variety of available positions means that there's something for all opera fans! The deadline isn't until the 30th April, but feel productive and get those applications in soon (it definitely doesn't count as procrastination). For more information, and to submit your application, follow the link below: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8gzygjnlojksape/AAC61rGHNZLEo0Px9M6vU2q3a?dl=0 Photo by Johannes Hjorth

25th March 2017 11:17am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: *MAY WEEK SHOW APPLICATIONS* If you want to have as much fun as these lovely people, remember to submit your May Week Show applications before the deadline tomorrow! All the details of how to apply, plus examples of previous applications, can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vpr4u84xf2rkzqg/AAB4uQCVuDgIBCBavZI9u43Aa?dl=0 Good luck! (Photo by Heppy Longworth)

9th March 2017 6:28pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: *SHOW APPLICATIONS* There are only 4 days left to get your applications in for our May Week show! Whether you're an opera-newbie or a regular on the scene, we'd love to hear your ideas. Details on how to apply, as well as examples of previous applications, can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vpr4u84xf2rkzqg/AAB4uQCVuDgIBCBavZI9u43Aa?dl=0 Don't make Chloe any grumpier by forgetting to apply on time... (Photo by Sapphire Armitage)

6th March 2017 7:44pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: *APPLICATIONS EVERYWHERE* Applications are now open for the CUOS Committee, 2017-2018! For lovers of opera, admin, and nights at the Maypole, this is the perfect committee for you. To apply, please fill out the online application form found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8gzygjnlojksape/AAC61rGHNZLEo0Px9M6vU2q3a? The deadline is the 30th April so there's plenty of time to get those bios polished. If you have any questions please email Humphrey at ht343@cam.ac.uk. *** Don't forget that applications are open for the CUOS May Week show! The deadline is in only 8 days' time so get those submissions in. All application details can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vpr4u84xf2rkzqg/AAB4uQCVuDgIBCBavZI9u43Aa?dl=0 Photo: Johannes Hjorth (this is how much fun you could have on the CUOS Committee)

2nd March 2017 7:21pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: CUOS would like to congratulate William Ashford, Adam Hickox, Romilly Beddow, and all the cast and crew for an outstanding production of The Rake's Progress! As said in our 5* review from CTR, "Excellent performances from all those onstage, a fantastic orchestra and deft direction and design make this show unique and highly memorable". Thank you to everyone involved for your commitment and hard work, and to everyone who came to support our show! http://cambridgetheatrereview.com/r/WK73b5hIROyCYiY8XDx6yg Photo: Philipp Heckmann-Umhau

1st March 2017 5:20pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Your last chance to see the FIVE STAR, 9/10 The Rake's Progress is tonight! Come and see this production that is 'delightful in its unabashed weirdness... It's a brilliant evening in the Concert Hall, and you'll be thinking about it for days afterward.' (CTR) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ from CTR http://cambridgetheatrereview.com/r/WK73b5hIROyCYiY8XDx6yg 9/10 from TCS http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/culture/0036844-review-the-rake-s-progress.html

25th February 2017 3:07pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ for The Rake's Progress from Cambridge Theatre Review! 'Go and see The Rake's Progress. If you're familiar with opera, you'll love the music, be surprised and challenged by the production, and have a brilliant time. If you've never been to one before, this is a great place to start. It's difficult to think of too many ways in which The Rakes Progress could have been improved, so snap up tickets immediately, the run is not long.' Have a read: http://cambridgetheatrereview.com/r/WK73b5hIROyCYiY8XDx6yg ❗ Only two more chances to see this FIVE STAR, 9/10 show! There is still time to book online for tonight, and tickets for the Saturday matinee can be bought on the door.

25th February 2017 11:53am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: 9/10 for The Rake's Progress from The Cambridge Student! 'The ambition of putting on The Rake’s Progress at all, let alone in this production, can only be commended, and its execution is equally as impressive. This production is challenging and enjoyable – a real pleasure to watch and listen to.' Have a read here: www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/culture/0036844-review-the-rake-s-progress.html

24th February 2017 9:34pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Have a read of a The Rake's Progress preview that came out just before the show yesterday! 'Ashford is energetic and passionate, and it is clear from the focus of his performers that they are too. “It’s doing away with pretentiousness, the ‘I’ve-seen-this-at-the-Royal-Opera-House’; well, so bloody what?"' https://www.varsity.co.uk/culture/12310 ♠️️ There is still a few hours left to book online for tonight www.adcticketing.com/rakesprogress - otherwise tickets can be bought with cash on the door. ♦️️ Remember there is a free pre-show talk at 12.15 on Saturday given by Dr John Hopkins of the University Music Faculty. ♣️️ Saturday night is looking full so make sure you book your tickets! Photograph by Sapphire Armitage

24th February 2017 10:56am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: The Rake's Progress opens tonight at West Road Concert Hall at 7.45! Come along to see this Faustian tale of decadence, corruption and retribution, which oozes with wit and dark humour. Still not convinced? Have a read of our TCS preview: http://bit.ly/2lGkQan

23rd February 2017 2:51pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: The Rake's Progress opens tomorrow night at West Road Concert Hall! Book your tickets here: www.adcticketing.com/rakesprogress

22nd February 2017 2:55pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Four days to go until opening night of The Rake's Progress! Here are some photos from the run-through on Saturday. ⏰ Make sure to book your tickets: www.adcticketing.com/rakesprogress ♣️️ Use the code LOBOTOMY for £6 student tickets for opening night when booking online. ♦️️ If any groups of 10 or more are thinking of attending please get in contact with Romilly / rfb27@cam.ac.uk to organise a special deal for the Saturday matinee performance. ♠️️ Remember that there will be a pre-show talk at 12.30 before the Saturday matinee performance by Dr John Hopkins of the University Music Faculty. Free entry to all!

20th February 2017 6:05pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Join us before the Saturday matinee performance of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress for a pre-show talk given by Dr John Hopkins of the University Music Faculty. Entry to the talk is free.

18th February 2017 5:47pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Join us before the Saturday matinee performance of Stravinsky's 'The Rake's Progress' for a pre-show talk given by Dr John Hopkins of the University Music Faculty. Entry to the talk is free, and the event takes place in Lecture Room 2 at West Road.

18th February 2017 5:42pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Those hoping for a preview of the musical talent on display in The Rake's Progress, tonight is the Rake's Progress *Masterclass* with Russell Smythe at 8pm in Sidney Sussex College Chapel. Russell is a veteran baritone of all the major English opera houses and many abroad, and is currently a Professor at the Royal College of Music. He will be coaching Michael Bell (Tom Rakewell), Olivia Brett (Anne Trulove), James Adams (Nick Shadow) and Chloe Allison (Baba the Turk) on passages from the opera.

10th February 2017 3:46pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Grab your tickets to The Rake's Progress while you can! www.adcticketing.com/rakesprogress Also it's three days until the Rake's Progress *Masterclass* with Russell Smythe. On Friday at 8pm in Sidney Sussex Chapel he will be giving a masterclass to three of the principals of The Rake's Progress Michael Bell (Tom Rakewell), Olivia Brett (Anne Trulove),James Adams (Nick Shadow) and and Chloe Allison (Baba the Turk). Come along to hear some of the music before the opera itself! Photo: Sapphire Armitage

8th February 2017 7:31pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: This Friday is the Rake's Progress *Masterclass* with Russell Smythe. He is a veteran baritone of all the major English opera houses and many abroad, and is currently a Professor at the Royal College of Music. He will be coaching Michael Bell (Tom Rakewell), Olivia Brett (Anne Trulove) and James Adams (Nick Shadow) on passages of from The Rake's Progress. Come along to Sidney Sussex Chapel at 8pm on Friday 10th February for a preview of this year's mainshow opera!

6th February 2017 6:01pm


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