President – Leo Zagorac [email protected]


DOE is Durham’s leading opera society that puts on at least three operatic productions or concerts each year, ranging from fully staged opera to concert operas and operettas. The society is incredibly passionate about giving Durham students the chance to engage with this incredible art form, which is more uncommon in the North East. We also work to make the genre accessible to students and audiences, such as through singing in English and choosing music suitable for young voices. The society has performed in a wide variety of top venues in Durham including the Assembly Rooms Theatre, the Gala Theatre and Durham Castle’s magnificent Great Hall.

Whether it be through roles in the cast, the crew, the orchestra or production team, there are plenty of opportunities with DOE for anyone looking to develop their skills and be a part of the wonderful community of opera!

Previous shows

Don Giovanni – W.A Mozart (March 2022)

“This is a show for lovers of opera and those completely new to the form alike. The direction is all-around completely accessible and considered, and the musical performances are not to be missed. It was a pleasure to attend this opening night.” (First Night)

Mixed Messages – Devised Opera (November 2021)

“Mixed Messages, as performed by the Durham Opera Ensemble, was a love letter to opera, and provided a refreshing twist on classic music.” (First Night)

Pirates of Penzance – Gilbert and Sullivan (June 2021)

“The energy of the cast never dimmed, carrying the audience through a whirlwind of brilliant singing, hilarious choreography, and the outrageously silly situation-comedy of Gilbert and Sullivan.” (First Night)

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