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: **CUOS Gala student tickets!** Student tickets are now on sale for the CUOS Gala Concert! This lovely event is taking place *this Thursday* in Emmanuel College, with drinks from 7pm and a concert at 8pm. Having been selling full-price adult tickets for a couple of months we are very excited to be able to release the last few tickets at a special student price of £10 - this will include a drinks reception and canapés in Emmanuel College Old Library as well as the performance. The programme includes many operatic favourites including choruses from Handel and Verdi, arias from Rossini to Britten and, of course, a couple of Mozart ensembles. Payment is possible by cash, cheque or bank transfer, to arrange this and reserve your ticket please contact Luke Fitzgerald, fundraising.cuos@gmail.com.

13th November 2017 1:30pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: ★★★★ review from Varsity, 8/10 from TCS. Just one more performance left! Do buy your tickets in advance as they are selling fast! https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri or on the door (subject to availability). See you there!

11th November 2017 7:32pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Tonight is your last chance to catch Sāvitri! With great reviews from Varsity and TCS, what are you waiting for? Tickets can be bought at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri or on the door.

11th November 2017 1:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: A second review! 8/10 from TCS: "Sāvitri is an always intriguing and often captivating piece of theatre, with some really fine musical performances." Come along and find out what gives this show an "almost hypnotic power" - tonight and tomorrow night only! http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/theatre/0037917-review-savitri.html --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri or on the door. Check out our facebook event for more information! Sāvitri / Week 5 ADC Lateshow

10th November 2017 4:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: ★★★★ review from Varsity: "a carefully crafted and skillfully executed production ... Sāvitri has a style all of its own: arcane and ethereal". There's just two nights of Sāvitri left! Not sure whether to come? Let this review change your mind! https://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/14033 --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri or on the door. Check out our facebook event for more information! Sāvitri / Week 5 ADC Lateshow

10th November 2017 12:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Did you miss Sāvitri last night? Great news - we're on again tonight, this time with Anna-Luise Wagner in the main role! Here's some of our favourite rehearsal shots from the past few weeks! Tickets can be bought at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri or on the door. --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! Sāvitri / Week 5 ADC Lateshow

9th November 2017 5:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Only an hour and a bit to go! Tickets can still be bought at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri or on the door. --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! Sāvitri / Week 5 ADC Lateshow

8th November 2017 9:23pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Just a few hours to go! Take a peek at one last set of behind-the-scenes before we open! Tickets going fast at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! Sāvitri / Week 5 ADC Lateshow

8th November 2017 1:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Today's the day, and there's just one more person left to introduce!! Without further ado, introducing Judith Lebiez, our director! French-born Judith Lebiez is a PhD student at King's and a Gates Scholar. She has staged Racine's Andromaque, Musset's Les Caprices de Marianne, Hofmannsthal's Elektra, Mozart's Idomeneo, Barber's Vanessa, and the collectively devised Barat(h)a. Her operatic roles have included Nerone in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Dafne in Cavalli's Gli Amori d'Apollo e di Dafne, Junon in Charpentier's Actéon, the Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo, Masha in Shostakovich's Moscow, Cheryomushki, and she was a soloist in numerous oratorios. Having first trained as an actress, she played roles such as Agave in Euripides' The Bacchae, Hermione in Racine's Andromaque and Atalide in Racine's Bajazet. She worked for the lighting designer Christophe Forey on operas at the ROH (Maria Stuarda), Salzbourg Festival (Norma), the Theater an der Wien (Le Comte Ory), Opéra de Lille (Jenůfa) and designed the lights for seventeen shows including Shakespeare's Richard II, Brecht's Mother Courage, Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and Bizet's Carmen. --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! Sāvitri / Week 5 ADC Lateshow

8th November 2017 11:00am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Twenty four hours to go! Get your tickets now at: adctheatre.com/savitri

7th November 2017 11:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: And last but not least, introducing Parvathi A. Subbiah as Sāvitri! Parvathi Subbiah has a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music in both voice and piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory and USC Thornton School of music in Los Angeles. Awards include first prize at the International Ouro Branco Concerto Competition in Brazil, first prize at the Sílvia Einsenstein International Piano Competition in Venezuela, as well the Centro Universale del Bel Canto International voice competition scholarship to study vocal technique and performance practice with renowned soprano Mirella Freni. She has sung alongside conductors Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, and Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, as well as performed in Brazil, Venezuela, the US, Germany and Italy. She has sung both Violeta and Mimi at Juilliard's Aspen Music Festival, as well as Susanna at the Weimar Lyric Opera Studio and Sandrina from La Finta Giardiniera in Los Angeles. After her mother's passing, Parvathi left her professional operatic engagements to pursue political studies. She is currently completing her first year of PhD at the Department of Politics and International Studies' Centre for Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. Photo: Tristan James Selden --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! Sāvitri / Week 5 ADC Lateshow

7th November 2017 4:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: One day to go!! Stick around today to meet the rest of the principals for Sāvitri! Introducing James Micklethwaite as Satyavān! James grew up in Leeds, where he studied singing with Andrew Padmore. He currently studies singing with Russell Smythe. He is a second year philosophy student at Churchill, and a member of King’s College Choir. In 2013, he was awarded his Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music. As a child, he performed with Opera North in their productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Massenet’s Werther, Verdi’s Macbeth and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Turn of the Screw. Until recently he was a member of the National Youth Choir. He has experience of performing as a soloist with choirs such as the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, and has given solo recitals in Ripon and Wakefield Cathedral, and in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich. During his gap year, he was a choral scholar at Norwich Cathedral, and performed in, amongst other things, a Schubert festival and a festival of Shakespearean song. As a member of Kings College Choir he has toured in Europe, America and Canada, and has performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Bridgewater Hall. This is his first appearance with Cambridge University Opera Society. --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! Sāvitri / Week 5 ADC Lateshow

7th November 2017 12:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Would you like to see our Michaelmas show, Holst's Sāvitri, this week for free? We are currently looking for stewards for all nights, Wednesday - Saturday, stewarding from 10.15pm. Get in touch with Michaela (kmh56@cam.ac.uk) with the night you would like to help out on! Photo: Tristan James Selden

7th November 2017 10:30am


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: You've met our music director - time to meet the fabulous orchestra behind our singers! Tickets: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! Sāvitri / Week 5 ADC Lateshow

6th November 2017 4:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Show week! Just two days until opening night, and about time to get to know the musical team behind Sāvitri! Introducing Naomi Woo, our music director! Canadian-born Naomi Woo is a pianist, conductor and musicologist, currently completing a PhD at Clare College, Cambridge. As a pianist, Naomi specialises in contemporary music, and was a prize-winner at the 2016 Eckhardt-Grammatté Competition for Contemporary Music and the winner of the 2015 Prix Hélène-Roberge for the best performance of a Canadian Composer. As a conductor, Naomi is the 2017-2018 Conducting Scholar for the Cambridge University Musical Society. At Cambridge, she has been the music director of many opera productions, including Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Actéon (CCMS), Mozart’s Idomeneo (TCMS), and Barber’s Vanessa (Brickhouse Theatre Company). She has also conducted the world premieres of staged vocal works by Susie Self (Spirit Wagon, 2014) and David Leigh (The Binding of Isaac, 2010), and in 2011 conducted the Yale College commencement musical, Bunkerville: A Post-Apocalyptic Musical, by Brendan Ternus and Mark Sonnenblick. With Sasha Amaya and Catherine Kontz, she co-created A Certain Sense of Order, on a poem by Anne Sexton, which was performed at Rough For Opera in March 2017 and will premiere at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival in August 2017. Photo: Rune Oste Mortenson --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! Sāvitri / Week 5 ADC Lateshow

6th November 2017 12:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Why is James always napping on the floor? Come along next week to find out more! https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

5th November 2017 4:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Three days to go! Time to meet the next of our leads: Introducing Anna-Luise Wagner as Sāvitri! Anna-Luise Wagner is a second-year PhD at Selwyn, researching the life of seventeenth-century writer, singer, actress, and courtesan Margherita Costa. She has already performed in one of Holst's chamber operas as Alison in The Wandering Scholar (CCMS) and is excited to be involved in this second (very different!) one. Other roles include Zenobia in Händel's Radamisto (CUOS), Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte (CUOS), Cosette in Schönberg's Les Misérables (Rogers Theatre), Buttercup in Sullivan's HMS Pinafore (G&S Society), Papagena in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Talentwerkstatt 43), Marceline in Beaumarchais's Le Mariage de Figaro (Brickhouse Theatre), Cléone in Racine's Andromaque (Pembroke Players). She is also preparing for Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (CUOS). When not on stage, she drinks wine with her Writing Women in History research group. Photo: Tristan James Selden --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

5th November 2017 12:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: There's just four days to go until Savitri opens, and what better way to pass the time than by introducing the stars of our show! Introducing James Quilligan as Death! Born near Cambridge, James Quilligan graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015 and now sings as a lay clerk at St John's, Cambridge. Since graduating James' operatic roles have included Figaro - The Marriage of Figaro (Magnetic Opera), Don Giovanni - Don Giovanni (Ensemble Orquesta), John – The Yellow Wallpaper (opera premiere, Helios Collective), Flemish Deputy – Don Carlo (GPO), Bluebeard – Bluebeard's Castle (OperaUpClose), Figaro (Off the page productions), Jacques Raverat – Strange Ghost (opera premiere, Cambridge), and Leporello – Don Giovanni (Hampstead Garden Opera). Whilst at Guildhall he played Count and Antonio - Marriage of Figaro as well as several roles with the historical performance department. Concert performances have included Bach's St John Passion, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Harmoniemesse, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Fauré Requiem, Charpentier Te Deum and Mozart Requiem. James recently played Farasmane in Handel's Radamisto (CUOS) and future roles include Doctor Dulcamara in Donizett's L'elisir d'amore (CUOS). --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

4th November 2017 4:03pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Four days to go! Mickey will give you this assured look once you buy your ticket at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

4th November 2017 12:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: it's just five nights until Sāvitri opens and today our fabulous cast has been back rehearsing in the ADC! Get your ticket now! https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

3rd November 2017 3:59pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: See some of our singers and conductor in action - we'll be back tomorrow to introduce you to our cast and crew! Tickets: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

2nd November 2017 4:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Who is Sāvitri? According to Hindu mythology, Sāvitri is the daughter of the King Aswapati, who is born after he offered oblations to the Sun God, Sāvitr: the child is named Sāvitri in his honour. When she is older, Sāvitri is so beautiful and pure that she intimidates all the men in the vicinity, and no one dares marry her. So she sets out to find a husband herself, eventually marrying Satyavān, the son of the blind king, Dyumatsena. What happens next? You'll have to buy your tickets to find out! --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

2nd November 2017 12:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: One week to go! Have you got your tickets? https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

1st November 2017 4:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Where do Sāvitri and Satyavān come from? These two characters haven't been created by Holst; they are figures from Hindu mythology, and first appear in the story of Sāvitri and Satyavān, taken from the Mahābhārata. This is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the oldest parts of which probably date back to between the 8th and 9th centuries BCE! It's also the longest epic poem ever written - at about 1.8 million words in total, the Mahābhārata is roughly ten times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined! It's probably a good thing we're only performing one story from it! --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

1st November 2017 12:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: We're sharing candid behind-the-scenes shots from Sāvitri all week, and these are just some of our favourites! Check back tomorrow for more! Don't miss out - get your tickets now!! https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

31st October 2017 4:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Never heard of Sāvitri before? Don't worry - this week we'll also be sharing facts about the story and the opera, but today we're starting with the man behind the music - Gustav Holst! Holst (1874-1934) is an English composer, most famous for his orchestral work, The Planets. He was inspired by everything from English folksongs to Indian mythology and Hindu spirituality: in the early 1900s he went through an Indian period - Savitri is one of his most well known works from this period - and did you know that he wrote eight operas in his life! --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

31st October 2017 12:00pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Sāvitri opens in just over a week, but rehearsals have been underway for a while and this week we'll be giving you exclusive behind-the-scenes shots! Don't miss out - get your tickets now!! https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri --- 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

30th October 2017 4:45pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Gustav Holst's 'Sāvitri' 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

29th October 2017 12:52pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: Poster design: Hannah Grace Taylor 11.00pm, 8th - 11th November ADC Theatre Tickets available at: https://www.adctheatre.com/savitri Check out our facebook event for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/169721153611088/

29th October 2017 12:47pm


Cambridge University Opera Society posted: There's just one performance of 'Radamisto' left - make sure you don't miss out on this fantastic show! Tickets are available online (https://operasoc.tessera.info/) before 7pm or on the door!

28th October 2017 4:00pm


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