About Dunster House Opera
The Dunster House Opera Society (DHO) of Harvard University was founded by Dunster House students in 1992 and is open to all undergraduates. We are an entirely undergraduate organization whose goal is to provide the Harvard community with exposure to opera, as both a valuable art form and an accessible, enjoyable form of entertainment.
Harvard University does not currently offer degree programs in musical performance. However, talented vocalists and instrumentalists who enroll to pursue other degrees need not retire musical interests. In addition to the other performing groups available on campus, each year DHO invites these undergraduates to audition for the cast or orchestra of our February production of a full length opera.
Students interested in auditioning, however, need neither advanced nor opera specific musical training; for many members of our cast, DHO is their first experience with opera. In selecting the pieces for our productions, the Senior Staff and Board of Operators make special efforts to pick an opera calling for a wide array of voice ranges and levels of training.
Our goal is to make opera accessible to everyone interested in participating. And we want to introduce opera to our audiences as something undergraduates can tackle, not a lofty art form restricted to the highly trained performer and enjoyed only by a highly trained audience. We perform in Dunster House and previous productions have typically played to sold out audiences.