We are the University College of Opera
We strive to give our students an opportunity to define and develop their own artistry. Through the experience and knowledge of teachers and other staff in close dialogue with the professional field, a healthy learning environment and contexts are created for work on opera singing and musical drama that stimulates students and gives them keys to future practical work in the field.
We want to be a clear hub for the development of opera as an art form. Within the framework of Uniarts, the University College of Opera helps to create a leading international research environment. The plan is that research and artistic development work will in the future constitute a strong element in the work of the University College of Opera and will permeate the college’s first-cycle study programmes.
The college has about 20 teachers, 40 students and 2 doctoral students. The University College of Opera offers study programmes for singers, directors and répétiteurs at first-cycle and second-cycle levels.
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.
The training became organised directly under the Royal Theatre (the Royal Swedish Opera).
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.
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.
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.
The academy changed its name to the University College of Opera, Stockholm.
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.
The University College of Opera became part of Stockholm University of the Arts.