Welcome to the Harvard College Opera Webpage!
Harvard College Opera (HCO), formerly the Dunster House Opera Society, was founded in 1992 by students in Harvard College's Dunster House as an undergraduate opera company. HCO is directed, conducted, and staffed entirely by students, making it Harvard’s premier undergraduate opera company. Each year, the members of the board of operators choose the opera and select the next year's conductor and stage director, who are always undergraduates. Auditions for the cast and orchestra happen at the beginning of every academic year.
The goal of Harvard College Opera is to make opera accessible to everyone interested in participating. Harvard University does not currently offer degree programs in musical performance, therefore HCO provides an incredible opportunity for those wishing to engage in opera production and performance.
Harvard College Opera presents one full-length opera each February with an entirely undergraduate cast and production team. The 2016 academic year marks HCO's third year performing in Agassiz Theatre after leaving its residency in Dunster House in 2013. Throughout the academic year, HCO hosts a variety of smaller scale events, including free recitals and opera screenings, and additionally HCO performs in the annual Arts First arts festival at Harvard.