Harvard College Opera (HCO), formerly the Dunster House Opera Society, was founded in 1992 by students in Harvard’s Dunster House. The 2017-2018 academic year marks HCO's fifth season performing in Agassiz Theater.
HCO presents one full-length opera each February with an entirely undergraduate cast and production team. In 2018, HCO will present Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus. Each year, HCO’s Board of Operators selects the opera and names the next conductor and stage director. Auditions for cast and orchestra are held at the beginning of every academic year.
Harvard College Opera aims to make opera accessible to our local and campus communities. HCO provides an invaluable opportunity for undergraduates wishing to engage in opera production and performance. HCO hosts a variety of free events throughout the year, including recitals, opera screenings, and performances in Harvard’s annual ARTS FIRST festival.