University College of Opera

Tradition today

With strong roots in knowledge and tradition, the University College of Opera, Stockholm offers education that links to the present day. 

We offer one of few study programmes around the world for singers with a specialisation solely in opera.

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We are the University College of Opera

Our education builds on a long, solid tradition with focus on all the different parts of Opera as an art form: music, stage performance, movement, language and theory. At the same time, we want to expand opera as an art form and challenge our present day with reflection on artistic content and develop new models for creating opera.

The education we provide includes musical, musical-dramatic, theoretical and reflective elements and takes place in individual and group lessons, stage interpretation projects, seminars and lectures. Opera as a cross-disciplinary subject plays a part in valuable collaborations at Stockholm University of the Arts. Our research is characterised by close proximity to the practical artistic specialisation within the Opera subject.

We offer study programmes for singers at first-cycle and second-cycle levels. The college has about 20 teachers, 40 students and 3 doctoral students.

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The Bachelor programme in Opera Vocal Performance in A Masked Ball. Photo: Martin Hellström

History 

1773 
King Gustaf III took the initiative to establish training for opera artists, linked to the Royal Theatre, which was founded in the same year. In the 18th and 19th centuries, with just a few short breaks, the training was connected to either the Royal Theatre in Stockholm or the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. 

1913 
The training became organised directly under the Royal Theatre (the Royal Swedish Opera). 

1942 
A special class for opera was launched at the Academy of Music, with students also participating in performances at the Royal Swedish Opera as chorus members, extras or in minor roles. 

1968 
In accordance with a Government decision, the opera class became a separate school named the National School of Musical Drama. Teaching took place in an old patrician house at number 24, Dag Hammarskjölds Väg Road in Stockholm (previous address: 82 Strandvägen) by Djurgårdsbrunnsviken Bay in the city. 

1978 
The school changed its name to the Stockholm Academy of Music Drama and became an independent university college of the arts. Up until the late 1980s it had access to the Alléteatern Theatre on Narvavägen Road, after which it rented space in temporary rehearsal and performance locations for public presentations. 

1986 

The academy changed its name to the University College of Opera, Stockholm. 

2003 
The University College of Opera moved into newly renovated premises on the campus of the Royal Institute of Technology and gained its own studio theatre. 

2014 
The University College of Opera became part of Stockholm University of the Arts.

Our premises

The premises of the University College of Opera were specially designed to meet the needs of the activities in terms of acoustics, humidity, sound insulation and stage acting.

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The premises include the college’s own studio theatre, two stage rehearsal rooms, a dance studio, as well as several study and practice rooms.

Hugoteatern 

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The theatre Hugoteatern has a height of 10 metres, an orchestra pit and retractable raked seating for 144 people. The orchestra pit can be covered, making the venue highly flexible for a variety of uses. 

The theatre is mainly used for tuition in stage acting. This is where the college’s students perform concerts, projects and degree productions. Orchestral collaborations take place annually with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. 

The Hugoteatern theatre is also used as a venue in which visiting lecturers and invited experts give lectures and hold seminars. Additionally, it is where admissions procedures and auditions for the University College of Opera and other instutions take place. 

The theatre is available for hire by external organisers/performers. 

Facts about Hugoteatern

Type of venue: Theatre 
Number of audience seats: 144 
Stage width: 14 m 
Stage depth: 10.7 m 
Normal depth for performing: 8.5 m 
Normal stage opening: 14 m 
Normal height: 7 m 

Accessibility

Wheelchair seats in the auditorium: 1 + accompanying person 
Location of wheelchair seat: In the right-hand side section of the auditorium 
Wheelchair-accessible toilet for visitors: Yes 
Disabled parking spaces: Yes, by the entrance 
Adapted for accessibility: Yes 
Induction (hearing) loop in the auditorium: No 
Internet connection: Yes 
Wheelchair access to the stage: Yes 
Wheelchair-accessible toilet for performers: Yes

Venue hire

For further questions or venue hire of the premises at University College of Opera, please contact: 

Jimmy Svensson
Technical Manager 
Phone: +46 8 49 400 403 
E-mail: jimmy.svensson@uniarts.se

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Find us

University College of Opera is situated at Teknikringen 35 in KTH Campus Stockholm.

With subway/underground please use the red line and get off at Tekniska högskolan. 

Buses Many buses, among them lines 4, 6 and 72, stop at Tekniska högskolan. Walk 600 meter to the school in 5-10 minutes. 

Telephone

+46 8 49 400 000

Postal address

Operahögskolan
Box 24045
104 50 Stockholm

Visiting and courier address

Teknikringen 35, 114 28 Stockholm

Opening hours: Weekdays 9.00-15.30 (closed for lunch between 12.00-13.00).

E-mail

General information

E-mail: info.opera@uniarts.se.

Information about our education

E-mail: studieinfo.opera@uniarts.se

Invoice address

Stockholms konstnärliga högskola
FE 775
838 74 Frösön

Registration number: 202100-6560

VAT: SE202100656001