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 11:25 on 5th July Twitter

Applications are now open for our next two shows!

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Cambridge University Opera Society 18:55 on 28th April Twitter

Our May Week opera will be Der Schauspieldirektor. Applications now open for production roles:…

Cambridge University Opera Society 10:45 on 20th March Twitter

-Details about how to apply:(…)
-Deadline:***5pm Wednesday 12th April 2023***
Applications/queries should be sent to Benji de Almeida Newton at

Cambridge University Opera Society 10:39 on 20th March Twitter

-Information on how to apply can be found here:…...
-Deadline for Applications ***5pm Wednesday 12th April 2023***
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Cambridge University Opera Society 16:57 on 3rd March Twitter

CUOS Shorts opens tonight! Tickets can be purchased on the door. Here are highlights from the dress. Thanks to Shea Williams (@eyemanishea) for the photos!

Cambridge University Opera Society 09:06 on 3rd March Twitter

COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT: Last but certainly not least Sarah Henderson has composed a wonderful opera examining the Tempō Famine of 1830s Japan. Tickets are still on sale here:… or will be available on the door tonight.

Cambridge University Opera Society 09:55 on 2nd March Twitter

COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT: Milo Flynn’s Dream House as Music is another of our operas premiering at CUOS Shorts from tomorrow. Here you can see that Milo has really enjoyed getting their teeth into the opera scene!

Cambridge University Opera Society 16:06 on 1st March Twitter

COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT: Sam Gray (Trinity) will premiere his opera Goblin Market on Friday and Saturday this week at CUOS Shorts. The text comes from Christina Rossetti’s poem. Tickets:…

Cambridge University Opera Society 11:49 on 28th February Twitter

COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT: Medomfo Owusu (Selwyn) is one of the composers for CUOS Shorts this week. Her opera Sarah and Hagar explores an Old Testament story from the book of Genesis.

Cambridge University Opera Society 13:40 on 27th February Twitter

If you enjoyed The Magic Flute then come along to the Shorts this Friday and Saturday! Brand new chamber operas written by students. Tickets here:…

Cambridge University Opera Society 09:13 on 23rd February Twitter

Today is the day! The Magic Flute opens this evening at West Road. Here are some highlights from the dress rehearsal courtesy of Tom Davies.


Cambridge University Opera Society 09:27 on 7th February Twitter

Tickets are now on sale for CUOS Shorts - four exciting new chamber operas. Tickets:…

Cambridge University Opera Society 14:23 on 6th February Twitter

Tickets are selling fast for The Magic Flute on 23-25 Feb at West Road Concert Hall.…

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!

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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.

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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


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Past shows

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