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Caroline Coetzee

Caroline Coetzee

Artistic Director at Cambridge Youth Opera


I am Artistic Director of Cambridge Youth Opera, an open access, community group formed in 2011. We are focussed on producing age appropriate productions to the highest possible standard and expanding the horizons of young people interested in the arts.

Our members are mostly between 12 and 21 and come from Cambridge and the surrounding area. We give young people in the Cambridge area the opportunity to experience all the elements that go into staging an opera, including singing, orchestral playing, stage design, making costumes and props, stage management and lighting.

Our activities are open for everybody. We don’t charge for participation.  We aim to give young people from any background an introduction to opera as a living and accessible art form, to engage all those involved in a performance of the very highest standard, to bring opera to new audiences and to be as inclusive as possible

As a small charity, our work is funded by grants and donations.

As Artistic Director, I am responsible for the overarching vision and the physical staging of the work including acting and the management of the production team. I come from a background in music and theatre, as a singer and designer and worked in South Africa and Germany before starting CYO.

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