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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CUOS Shorts seeks Stage Manager for 21st and 22nd June performance!

CUOS Shorts seeks a highly collaborative and creative Stage Manager  to be involved in the premieres of three new chamber operas written by student composers .

    Contact ; before 19th Apr 2021 17:00 for more details.

    CUOS Shorts seeks Directors and Assistant Musical Directors for 21st and 22nd June performance!

    CUOS Shorts seeks highly collaborative, creative individuals to be involved in the premieres of three new chamber operas written by student composers  . We are looking to appoint two Stage Directors  and up to three Assistant Musical Directors  /Répétiteurs.

      Contact ; before 19th Apr 2021 17:00 for more details.

      CUOS Shorts 2021 - June 21st and 22nd - Tenor(s) needed!

      CUOS Shorts is looking for one or two tenors to be involved in the world premieres of three new chamber operas by student composers.

        Contact ; before 19th Apr 2021 17:00 for more details.

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        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,……

        Cambridge University Opera Society 12:04 on 30th April Twitter

        CUOS are delighted to announce a limited release of 30 £10 student tickets for the CUOS Gala at 7.30pm on May 1st! Please email Clarissa Hard, to book your tickets! Payment can be made in cash on the door or by bank transfer. We hope to see you there!

        Cambridge University Opera Society 12:25 on 12th April Twitter

        Need something to get you through Easter term?? How about the anticipation of a rarely performed Schubert opera coming to a union near you?!😮 Get your tickets now: 🌺🌺🌺

        Cambridge University Opera Society 22:23 on 9th April Twitter

        Here is your opportunity to get involved with CUOS: Cambridge University Opera Society! The Twin Brothers team are welcoming applications for stage manager, props manager and photographer- see camdram for more details!!…
        Image: Femke Pusey

        Cambridge University Opera Society 14:28 on 6th April Twitter

        The May Week Show team are excited to announce auditions for Schubert's 'The Twin Brothers'!
        Information can be found in this Google Drive folder:…
        Sign up for auditions on this doodle poll (please use your full name and crsID):…

        Cambridge University Opera Society 23:18 on 5th April Twitter

        If young Schubert’s looks won’t entice you to apply for our prod roles, we don’t know what will.. 😏 Calling aspiring SMs, props people, photographers & ADs! Apply apply 🌸 #TwinBrothersCUOS #YoungSchubert 🌸… (shoutout to #Camfess for the quality content)

        Cambridge University Opera Society 22:24 on 1st April Twitter

        Tickets on sale NOW for our May Week Show, Schubert’s The Twin Brothers at @cambridgeunion on 15th June! #TwinBrothersCUOS…


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        Past shows

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