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Don Giovanni - Epiphany term show 2022
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DOE is proud to present the Epiphany term show: DON GIOVANNI by W.A.Mozart!


Based on the story of Don Juan, Don Giovanni follows a young man who is irresistible and irresponsible in his quest for love. The libertine catches the hearts of many ladies, but for how long can he get away with his amoral wrongdoings?

DOE’s production, set in 2017 Britain follows the stories of the women affected by Don Giovanni’s behaviour and presents the fate of toxic masculinity.

TW: suggestion of sexual assault, suggestion of domestic abuse, stabbing, gun violence, general violence, blood, alcohol/intoxication and swearing.

Buy your tickets here: 

https://www.durhamstudenttheatre.org/whats-on/

Pirates of Penzance - Easter Term Show
2021
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Durham Opera Ensemble is excited to announce that we will perform "Pirates of Penzance" by Gilbert and Sullivan in Durham's Assembly Rooms Theatre, on the 27th of June, 2021.

Full cast and Production team presentation will be published on our social media.

Tickets are available here: 

Durham Student Theatre Tickets

Faust - Epiphany term show 2021
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We are proud to present Faust by Charles Gounod in an arrangement by DOE Alumni Adam Brown for our second term show. 

 

Auditions and Prod team applications are published here. You can also go to our Facebook or Instagram for more information on how to get involved!

 

Our version of Faust will be in a smaller than usual setting, due to Government and University restrictions during the pandemic. More information about dates and how to watch to be announced in January 2021. 

An Introduction to Opera

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We are proud to present 'An Introduction to Opera', a brief programme of of opera through the ages. From Monteverdi to Sullivan, Purcell to Tchaikovsky. Content will be released via our social media every Saturday starting October 17, 2020. 

Towards the end of first term, we will then edit together all of our recordings into one "showcase" which we will upload online.

For more information on the programme and the cast, please click "Read More". 

Michaelmas Term 2020

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Every year, DOE prides itself on producing a first-term show which includes as many as 40 freshers in the cast, crew and orchestra. Sadly, our usual big performance cannot happen as we would have planned, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

 

In its place, we have prepared a programme of opera scenes - including solo arias, duets, small groups and choruses - which we will rehearse and record either online or in small groups, to be streamed on our social media every week. We will be holding auditions throughout the term, and we aim to include as many people as possible in the recordings. With that in mind, please be aware that if you are cast in one scene, it may be that you do not appear in another, as we would like to cast as many different people as possible.

 

The programme is set to include scenes from The Marriage of Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, Fidelio, Tales of Hoffman, Cosi Fan Tutte, Rigoletto, Carmen and more. Towards the end of first term, we will then edit together all of our recordings into one "showcase" which we will stream online.

 

Covid Safe Auditions

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In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, our auditions this year will be somewhat different, at least during first term. Currently, all auditions for DOE performances will be taking place online.

 

We will share a google form on our social media for you to sign up for an audition time-slot. You will then be sent a link to a zoom call with the production team, who will have a relaxed chat with you about your musical/theatre background. We will then ask you to send a recording (approximately 2 minutes long) of you singing a piece, preferably in the style of the show you are auditioning for.

 

After this, if we are interested in casting you in our show, we will send you another link to a zoom call to discuss the show in more detail. We will also send you the sheet music and a recording of an extract from the show. You will be required to record yourself singing the extract, which you will then send to us. After this second round audition, we will make the decision about casting you in the show.

 

As soon as we are able, we will start doing face-to-face auditions, observing all social distancing requirements that are necessary.