Durham University Concert Opera (DUCO) is a new society to Music Durham, founded for the purpose of bringing opera to the concert hall. Our aim is to provide an operatic platform in Durham which strives for musical excellence by attracting the university’s finest musicians, both singers and instrumentalists alike, with emphasis on the musical delivery of a work, paying close attention to be given to the musical elements of an operatic work, without the additional challenge of staging and theatricising it. Our platform also opens up the possibility of more complex and unusual operatic statements, from the work of twentieth-century and contemporary composers to chamber operas to operatic suites. With more time to explore the musical score, a greater level of detail can be achieved in the performance.
If you love opera and would like to be involved please get in touch – we would love to hear from you! We are eager to involve as many talented musicians as possible, many of whom may not have previously had the chance to be involved with an opera project, and aim to audition singing roles once establishing ourselves successfully.
As a society we will produce three shows a year; one per term. We warmly welcome your interest, whether you are a keen instrumentalist or singer, and look forward to hearing from you!