Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera

Above: 2014’s baroque opera, San Giovanni Batista in Milton Court Theatre

Opera Studies

Opera Studies provides intensive postgraduate training for up to 24 singers and four student repetiteurs at any one time. It offers advanced vocal training and operates at a professional level, presenting a range of productions, from opera scenes and chamber opera to three full-scale operas over the two years of study.

In 2007 the Opera Department won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the quality of its work and its innovative training programme.


MMus/MPerf in Performance

Read more about our Masters in Performance, or choose from the specialisms below.

Artist Diploma

Read more about studying our Artist Diploma.

Opera Studies

The Opera Studies specialism provides you with singing lessons, individual coaching in roles and repertoire, and acting and stage techniques such as movement, dance, make-up and drama. As part of the programme you will take part in workshop productions of scenes and fully-staged public productions. And you will receive dedicated language coaching and career guidance.

You must have a developed vocal technique to enrol on this specialism. Vocal maturity and your potential for development will be taken into consideration.

Your training in stage techniques and musical coaching will be overseen by experienced visiting professionals. In addition to vocal and dramatic training, the Department puts on three full public productions each year and three programmes of operatic excerpts in workshop settings, developed in full partnership with the Technical Theatre Department. In the summer term, these collaborations include new work by composers and librettists on the MA in Opera Making and Writing, in association with the Royal Opera House.

  • Singing lessons
  • Individual coaching in roles and repertoire
  • Acting and stage techniques – movement, dance, make-up and drama
  • Language coaching
  • Workshop productions of scenes
  • Fully staged public productions
  • Career guidance

Repetiteur Training

This specialism is for highly accomplished pianists and sight-readers who have experience of accompanying singers and knowledge of the operatic repertoire.