Durham Opera Ensemble (DOE) is a student opera company regularly showcasing some of Britain’s finest student musical talent in and around Durham University.

Durham Opera Ensemble stages three operatic productions each year suitable for young voices with our performances housed in a variety of locations in Durham. Our sizeable Epiphany term production is staged in the professional Gala Theatre and is in conjunction with members of Durham University Orchestral Society. In the Michaelmas term the society puts on a concert made up of a number of operatic arias, duets and choruses. The summer term’s production staged after exams is usually alfresco, set somewhere within the beautiful University grounds, and provides the society with the opportunity to perform a chamber opera.

We believe passionately in giving new opportunities to Durham students, of whom many will not have had the opportunity before to take part in operatic works. We also believe that the Durham student body should be able to experience a rarely produced art form in the North East.

The society is championed by our own Chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen, who has offered help and advice to our productions in the past.

Interviews for a production team are held a number of months before the show. We look for Directors, Producers, Musical Directors, and if necessary Technical Directors or Choreographers. Auditions for both singers and orchestra follow.

Society Information

President: Ashleigh Charlton
Email Address: opera.ensemble@durham.ac.uk
Website:  www.durhamoperaensemble.co.uk/