DOE stages three operatic productions each year suitable for young voices with our performances housed in a variety of locations in Durham.
Our sizeable Michaelmas term production is staged in the magnificent Great Hall of Durham Castle. The society puts on a concert made up of a number of operatic arias, duets and choruses.
Our biggest performance takes place in Epiphany term with recent performances of Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' being resoundingly successful.
The summer term’s production staged after exams provides the society with the opportunity to perform a Baroque opera or often something more modern (relatively speaking). Will Todd's 'Alice in Wonderland' and Gilbert and Sullivan's 'HMS Pinafore' have been a wonderfully energetic way to conclude the academic year.
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 also championed by our own chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen, who has offered help and advice to the productions in the past.
Interviews for a production team are held a number of weeks before the show. We look for Directors, Producers, Musical Directors, and if necessary Technical Directors or Choreographers. Auditions for both singers and orchestra follow.