Cambridge University Opera SocietyCUOS

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 or visit the website at

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Cambridge University Opera Society 10:32 on 25th November Twitter

Watch the trailer for our Michaelmas show ‘Denis & Katya’ by ⁦⁦@philipvenables⁩ and ⁦@tdhffmn⁩ here! #opera #studentopera #Cambridge

Cambridge University Opera Society 10:29 on 25th November Twitter

Watch the trailer for our Michaelmas show ‘Denis & Katya’ here!

Cambridge University Opera Society 14:20 on 20th November Twitter

Our Michaelmas Show, Denis & Katya, is happening on Friday and Saturday! Tickets available at this link - we hope to see you there 🎼 #opera #cambridge #studentopera #denisandkatya #cuos #singers…

Cambridge University Opera Society 16:17 on 15th November Twitter

The cast and crew for Venables and Huffman’s Denis and Katya are busy at work preparing for performances on the 26th and 27th November! #opera #cambridge #studentopera @CamUniMusSoc

Cambridge University Opera Society 14:09 on 18th September Twitter

The long awaited CUOS Mainshow 2021, Weber's Der Freischütz, premieres tonight on YouTube ( Recorded in @WestRoadCH in June. Tune in for some wonderful singing and playing!

Cambridge University Opera Society 10:30 on 20th May Twitter

We are delighted to be collaborating with @GreenOpera, a sustainable opera company run by Cambridge alumni, to offer summer placements for students, working on Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle! See the linked PDF for application details. Deadline is June 13th.…

Cambridge University Opera Society 05:59 on 26th July Twitter

Weekly Opera Digest No 2 is here! Get watching and listening @ClassicFM 🎼🩰🎭🎻

Cambridge University Opera Society 09:23 on 13th July Twitter

Check out Waterperry Opera’s mini-festival this summer - many CUOS and Cambridge alums are involved, including our most recent president! #boxoffice #livemusic #WaterperryOpera #operafestival…

Cambridge University Opera Society 14:21 on 12th July Twitter

Meet our new committee! We look forward to bringing you a wealth of opera making and enjoying opportunities over the coming academic year 🎭🎼 #CUOS #newcommittee #studentopera

Cambridge University Opera Society 12:48 on 13th June Twitter

We are delighted to announce our program of (online) events for May Week 2020!

(15/06) Top 10 CUOS moments
(16/06) The Wings of the Dove
(17/06) An Age's End
(18/06) Judith
(19/06) Jonah on the Hill

Click on the photo for our beautiful Cenerentola...

Cambridge University Opera Society 12:44 on 13th June Twitter

We are delighted to announce our program of (online) events for May Week 2020!

(15/06) Top 10 CUOS moments
(16/06) The Wings of the Dove
(17/06) An Age's End
(18/06) Judith
(19/06) Jonah on the Hill

Cambridge University Opera Society 21:28 on 13th February Twitter

Check out trailer for our 2020 Mainshow, Rossini's La Cenerentola, opening at @WestRoadCH in just a week's time!

Get your tickets now from…

Cambridge University Opera Society 19:11 on 23rd January Twitter

Just four more weeks till our 2020 Mainshow, La Cenerentola, opens @WestRoadCH. Here's some of our principals in action.

Get your tickets now from…

Cambridge University Opera Society 15:22 on 18th January Twitter

Rehearsals for our 2020 Mainshow, La Cenerentola by Rossini, are underway. Get your tickets now from…

@WestRoadCH #opera #cambridge

Cambridge University Opera Society 12:46 on 7th January Twitter

Delighted to announce our principals for our 2020 Mainshow, Rossini's La Cenerentola! Stay tuned for more details and get your tickets now from:…

Cambridge University Opera Society 22:37 on 9th December Twitter

Delighted to unveil the poster for our 2020 Mainshow, Rossini's La Cenerentola, to be performed @WestRoadCH next February. Get your tickets now from…

#Cambridge #opera #Rossini

Cambridge University Opera Society 16:46 on 30th November Twitter

The Last Hotel by Donnacha Dennehy- opens tonight at 8pm, Fitzpatrick Hall at Queens’ College. Don’t miss this “unbelievably powerful” third-ever production of a beautiful (and bizarre!) piece.

Cambridge University Opera Society 21:43 on 28th October Twitter

The Last Hotel by Donnacha Dennehy Cast
Lara Cosmetatos- Woman
Morgan Edward Overton- Husband
Sophie Ellis- Wife
Arthur Goggin- Caretaker…
CWs: Depictions of Suicide, Mental Health, Scenes of Violence

Cambridge University Opera Society 21:37 on 28th October Twitter

You can now buy tickets for the CUOS Michaelmas Show, The Last Hotel by Donnacha Dennehy! #NewProfilePic

Cambridge University Opera Society 17:26 on 1st October Twitter

We've opened applications to join the crew for our 2020 Mainshow La Cenerentola! Have a look at our Application Pack below to see what roles are available and how to apply.…

Cambridge University Opera Society 10:50 on 31st August Twitter

The deadline for applications is today! We'd love to hear from you if you're interested in Assistant Directing or Assistant Producing this wonderful opera.…

Cambridge University Opera Society 16:50 on 28th August Twitter

Just three days left to apply! Get your applications in to Assistant Produce or Assistant Direct the CUOS 2020 Mainshow by Saturday evening. Full details below.…

Cambridge University Opera Society 23:09 on 22nd August Twitter

We are delighted to announce that our 2020 Mainshow, will be Rossini's La Cenerentola. The production will be set in 1950s Rome.

We are also looking for Assistant Directors and Producers. For details of how to apply, see the document below!

Cambridge University Opera Society 13:26 on 15th June Twitter

Just under an hour to go!! See you all there at 2pm or 8pm. The evening performance is selling quickly so make sure to get your tickets now at

Cambridge University Opera Society 13:06 on 12th June Twitter

If you didn't catch us on @BBCCambs, you can listen here:…. We chat to @ClassicalMark about our upcoming performance of The Twin Brothers!! 2pm and 8pm on Saturday at the @cambridgeunion

Cambridge University Opera Society 13:01 on 2nd June Twitter

Was so great to chat with @ClassicalMark yesterday! Remember to tune in on Thursday at 19.00!!…

Cambridge University Opera Society 12:10 on 12th May Twitter

We are accepting applications for next year's shows! Get all the information at and look out for our posts here and on our Facebook @ Cambridge,……


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Past shows

See all the shows this society has been previously involved in at the society history page.