What we offer

I loved the style of singing and the friendships and close bonds formed. I can’t believe the expertise of the CYO staff and all that they have taught me.

Cambridge Youth Opera mounts fully staged opera productions with children, teenagers and young adults,as well as offering workshops and classroom based activities. We aim to make opera, and the arts in general, accessible to all children and young people. All our activities are open access and free to participants.

What to expect: 11 – 21 year olds

We welcome young people with an interest in any of the many elements that go to make up an opera, onstage and backstage. When you join CYO, you’ll be working closely with a dedicated team of coaches, who will provide opportunities for everybody to grow their skill and experience. We encourage collaboration and support among our members – many lasting friendships have been formed during our shows.

I enjoyed making props and then seeing what I had made in the performance, it was satisfying seeing how what I did added to it. It was a great thing to be involved in and everyone was very kind, I would definitely do it again.

We take care to select works either written for the relevant age group, or which can be performed without placing a strain on young voices. Our productions are conceived to be in keeping with the spirit of the work while made relevant and attractive. We always perform in English.

  • Access to our chorus and production team is completely open. There are no auditions and anybody can join. You can sign up for CYO at any time here: Take Part
  • We select our solo singers through open auditions and encourage everybody to come along and sing when we call auditions
  • Our production team includes designers, makers, stage managers, lighting and sometimes sound technicians. We often provide opportunities for sudents or young artists at the start of their careers to lead on design and production elements. We train young stage managers and aim to provide training to our technical team, through venue partnerships
  • Most of our productions involve a small orchestra, with entry by audition. The orchestra for each show is different and the players are often older than the singers and production team. If you are interested in playing for us, we encourage you to watch out for specific calls, which will tell you the standard required. We do not accept orchestra members outside of production times.

How to join

Watch the website, Facebook and Twitter for information about our new shows.