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.

Run from within the Opera Department, this is a one or two-year programme offering a number of study components. These include accompanying opera production rehearsals and coaching singers on the Opera programme. You will also undertake individual coaching and training in repetiteur techniques, as well as harpsichord tuition and continuo playing, piano lessons and language coaching. Accompanying coaching sessions and introductory training in opera conducting are available for those who are interested.

  • Accompanying opera production rehearsals
  • Coaching singers on the Opera Course
  • Individual coaching
  • Training in repetiteur techniques
  • Harpsichord tuition and experience of continuo playing
  • Piano lessons
  • Language coaching
  • Accompanying coaching sessions with guest coaches
  • Introductory training in opera conducting for those interested

MA in Opera Making & WritingThis new Masters programme allows composers and writers to focus on how new opera is created, developed and performed. Part of an exciting partnership between Guildhall School and the Royal Opera House, the programme is led by Julian Philips, Head of Composition.

Find out more about the MA in Opera Making & Writing.