A production by Chamber Opera Society

The Southampton Chamber Opera Company is proud to announce their 2017 summer production of Christoph Gluck's 'Orpheus


Orpheus tells the story of the legendary Greek musician who traversed the underworld to save his wife through the awesome power of music. Our production is an English translation of a French revision of the original opera. This production looks to clarify its themes of love, loss, death and divinity through striking minimalism and exciting originality.

Performance starts at 8pm at St Michael's Church, Southampton. Running time approximately two hours including one interval. Sung in English with printed libretto available.

Directed by Thomas Walkelin-Pidgeon, Liam Chan, Lucy Grant and Rhys Sparey. Costumes by Sabrina Beaver. Our technician is Edward Holland.

Starring Grace Curtis, Izzy Tuffin-Donnevert and Hannah Murray. With George Gatehouse, Sabrina Beaver, Jamie Sellers and Elliott Titcombe. And our chorus, Suzie Kitto, Nommy Mlalazi, Jamie Christie, Thomas Brooks and David Child.

The University of Southampton’s very own Chamber Opera Society (SCOS) is a student-run company dedicated to the full production of small operas. Our foremost goal is to provide performance and work experience to aspiring singers, actors, directors, and producers, as well as offer any interested party the opportunity to explore these roles and collaborate on the formation of a full musical spectacle. Our goal statement gives focus to the increased accessibility of opera for all people and a demonstration of the true power of music. Nowhere is this symbolised clearer than in the story of Orpheus and his lyre.

Performance dates

  • Saturday, 3rd June 2017 at 7:00pm

St. Michael's Church

The oldest public building in Southampton, it provides a beautiful venue with brilliant acoustics and a historic surrounding.

Chamber Opera Society

We are a small-scale opera company dedicated to creating full productions of small operas. We aim primarily to give performers, directors, producers and all others aspiring for jobs within the theatre or opera industry a chance to explore these roles and work together to create a musical spectacle. Our productions thus far include Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (2016), Handel's Acis and Galatea (2017) and Gluck's Orpheus (2017). Our next show will be Bizet's Pearl Fisher's which will take place in February 2018, with rehearsals starting in October 2017.