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 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…

Cambridge University Opera Society 15:25 on 29th March Twitter

We are very excited to announce CUOS’ May Week Show for this year: Schubert’s ‘The Twin Brothers’!! 🌸 June 15th at 2pm and 8pm🌺…

Cambridge University Opera Society 12:59 on 21st February Twitter

♦️ If epic costumes by Lorena Paton and wonderful photos by Tristan Selden don't make you want to buy one of the few remaining tickets for tonight, we don't know what will! ♠️ ♥️ Opening TONIGHT at @WestRoadCH ♣️ 21st-23rd February 2019 ♦️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 10:03 on 16th February Twitter

♦️Ahead of tomorrow's first Sitzprobe, the orchestra has been hard at work with Oli these past few weeks 🎻🎺🎶

♠️ Tickets are selling fast, make sure to book in advance! ♥️ @WestRoadCH ♣️ 21st-23rd February 2019 ♦️ ♠️#CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 10:19 on 15th February Twitter

Lights, camera, action...


♥️Tickets are selling fast, make sure to book in advance! ♣️ @WestRoadCH ♦️ 21st-23rd February 2019 ♠️♥️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 13:31 on 14th February Twitter


Carmen and Escamillo, Don José and Micaëla, La Carmencita and La Manuelita, and of course, Carmen and Don José...

Everyone has a favourite couple. Come decide which one is yours! ♥️ @WestRoadCH♣️ 21-23 February 2019 ♦️ ♠️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 18:47 on 13th February Twitter

♦️ Love is complicated. No one knows that better than Carmen. Here's Chloë bringing the most famous tune of the opera to life with the help of our wonderful chorus.
♠️ Tickets for Bizet's Carmen at! ♥️ @WestRoadCH ♣️ 21st-23rd February 2019 ♦️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 11:29 on 12th February Twitter

♦️ Sunday was a day for costume fittings! ♠️ Chloë tried out a few cigarette factory uniforms, while Max and Luke got to test their characters' Guardia Cívil outfits.♠️ Tickets for Bizet's Carmen at♣️ @WestRoadCH ♥️ 21st-23rd February 2019 ♦️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 11:03 on 10th February Twitter

♦️ Deserted by Don José, Micaëla journeys into the mountains to rescue him from Carmen's entanglements. But is he still the soldier she remembers? ♠️ Tickets for CUOS' Bizet's Carmen at♣️ West Road Concert Hall ♥️ 21-23 February 2019 ♦️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 17:12 on 9th February Twitter

♦️ Last week was action packed, as our principals learnt how to fall, punch, kick and slash with our fight choerographer!
♠️ Tickets for CUOS' production of Bizet's Carmen available at ! ♣️ West Road Concert Hall ♥️ 21-23 February 2019 ♦️ ♠️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 15:34 on 3rd February Twitter

♦️With three weeks to go here's a sneak preview of our principals ♠️ Photos by @JohannesHjorth and costumes by Lorena Paton ♥️ Full photoshoot ➡➡ ♣️ Bizet's Carmen at West Road Concert Hall ♥️ 21-23 February 2019 ♦️ ♠️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 14:50 on 15th January Twitter

♦️ Oliver and Louis are hard at work rehearsing the toreador's strut ♠️ Tickets for CUOS' production of Bizet's Carmen are now available! ♣️ West Road Concert Hall ♥️ 21st-23rd February 2019 ♦️ ♠️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 13:07 on 12th January Twitter

♦️ Chloe, Maximilian and Eleanor are getting the new term off to a good start with some rehearsal time! ♠️ Tickets for CUOS' production of Bizet's Carmen are now available ♣️ West Road Concert Hall ♥️ 21st-23rd February 2019 ♦️ ♠️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 13:43 on 24th December Twitter

♦️ Happy holidays! ♠️ Tickets for CUOS' production of Bizet's Carmen would make a great Christmas present! ♣️ West Road Concert Hall ♥️ 21st-23rd February 2019 ♦️ ♠️ #CUOScarmen

Cambridge University Opera Society 15:31 on 18th December Twitter

♦️ It may be the winter vacation, but Oli and Chloe are hard at work rehearsing! ♠️ CUOS' production of Bizet's Carmen ♣️ West Road Concert Hall ♥️ 21st-23rd February 2019 ♦️ ♠️ #CUOScarmen


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Past shows

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