EST. 2006

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. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Our contact page contains all relevant contact details and information on our social media outlets.


Members of the Executive Committee are elected by the society to run important aspects of the society for the following year. As the conductors and directors change each term, the Exec are more permanent and have more of a long-term view of the development of the society.

Rosie Burgering


Hi I’m Rosie and I’m DOE’s President for this year. I am a third year music student at St John’s college where I’m also a choral scholar. I have been in 7 DOE shows and can’t wait to be a part of more this year! DOE for me has been a great way to get started in the world of opera with a crazy mix of more serious works as well as fun and energetic music in the summer. Being a part of DOE is a great way to make new friends across all colleges and year groups and ensure that you are never alone for a cheeky sesh at the bar.

 Ell Page

Outreach Coordinator

Ell is a third year music student from Cuth’s, and is a singer and flautist. As well as being in charge of Outreach for DOE, she is the Outreach chair for her college, volunteers with SCA and in heavily involved with the University Charity Committee. Outside of this, she captains her college football team, plays netball and plays with a University Orchestra. Outreach is something she is keen to make DOE known for, and hopes to build on the work done by her predecessors in this relatively new role on the DOE exec. Her favourite opera either Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, or Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

 Poppy Metherell

Sponsorship Secretary

Hello! I am Poppy and I am DOE’s Sponsorship secretary for this year. I am a second year Theology student at Hatfield and have absolutely loved being part of all three DOE shows this year and also part of the cast that went on tour this summer! I am really excited about taking on the role of Sponsorship this year and hopefully will gain lots of support for this year’s productions and a society I am so enthusiastic about. DOE was a massive highlight of my first year and I am so excited for another year of all that DOE has to offer! Aside from singing I spend a lot of my time playing lacrosse and tennis.

Honor Halford- Macleod

Tour Manager

Honor is a second year music student at St Chad’s College. She first got involved with DOE during the first term production of ‘opera of ages’ in her first year, and has been involved ever since. A particular highlight of her DOE career so far was being a chorus member in the production of The Magic Flute which took place in the Gala Theatre. She also really enjoyed going on the tour of the HMS Pinafore production as a chorus member. She is very much looking forward to continuing her involvement with DOE, and can’t wait to organise and manage an exciting opera tour for the summer of 2019.

Lydia Marshall

Patrons Secretary

Lydia is a 3rd year music student and our Patrons And Alumni Secretary. She has been a member of DOE since her first year, and her particular highlight was being involved in the third term production of Alice in Wonderland in her first year. She would 100% recommend DOE to anyone and everyone. It’s a fun, sociable society that is v welcoming. Aside from that, it’s preeeeetty cool.

Amy Porter

Publicity Officer

Amy is a final year Music student at St John’s College. She has loved being involved in DOE since her first term in Durham, her highlights include playing Hermia in DOE’s production of Britten’s, ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ in the Gala Theatre in her first year, and Second Lady in Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ the following year. She can’t wait to be on the exec for DOE this year, and hopes she can encourage even more people to come along to the productions through publicity.

Alabama Jackson


Greetings. My name is Alabama and I’m the Secretary for this year. The role involves me sending hilarious and informative weekly emails to all members of DOE, so make sure you sign up to the mailing list for some epic operatic updates. DOE has shaped my university experience, and so far I have been in 8 DOE productions. DOE has really taught me this valuable lesson: ‘don’t let your degree get in the way of your education’. I can’t urge people enough to get involved with the society as it really is the best one going!

Adam Brown


I’m Adam, DOE’s Treasurer. I’m a 2nd year Music student from Collingwood. I’ve been in three DOE shows in the last year, and am very much looking forward to another year of showing that opera isn’t nearly as stuffy and pretentious as one might suspect, and making sure we still have money by the end.


We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors for their continued support. Every year we find sponsors from the local area and recommend them to you, our audience, for your stay or meal around the time of the opera in Durham. We often go out for meals as a society in return for the sponsorship deal. If you are a company and would be interested in becoming a sponsor of DOE, feel free to contact our Sponsorship Secretary.