Directin Opera - Course
University College of Opera

Directing Opera - Course

The course is aimed at people with experience of direction in opera or theatre who want to learn more about opera direction. However, it is also aimed at people with experience of opera in other areas or experience of theatre in other areas, who want to work with direction. This may include actors, singers, educators/pedagogues, or others who have a professional background and some experience of direction, etc.

This course in opera direction, led by internationally active director Kasper Holten, primarily focuses on a director’s work with singers. As a student of directing skills, over four weeks you will work with singers from the Master’s programme at the University College of Opera Stockholm, with a role that they have chosen to study in full. During an initial preparatory phase of the course, you will conduct a musical-dramatic analysis and draw up an idea for a production of the specific opera that includes the singer’s role.

The first preparatory phase of the course is supervised by Wilhelm Carlsson, director and professor at the University College of Opera Stockholm.

The second part, with a focus on practical work, is supervised by Kasper Holten, director and former Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and former Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London.

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    In the first part of the course the teaching takes place in the form of seminars with extensive self-study. Well in advance of the second part of the course, the students present an analysis and an idea for a production of a specified opera. The classes will take place Tuesday 1 September, Thursday 28 September, Thursday 5 October and Thursday 19 October when the work of the first part is presented. All the classes take place 18.00-20.30


    The second part, which is conducted together with the singing students, starts on 24 October. The classes take place Tuesday - Friday in weeks 43 - 44 and weeks 47 - 48 at 13.00-17.00 (13.00-16.00 on Fridays) A presentation of the scenes that the students will have been working on will take place on 1 December at 13.00-17.00. The course concludes with a reflective conversation.

  • Entry requirements

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    Professional experience within opera and theater.

  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    With your application you must enclose a written assignment that forms the basis of the first round of selection for the course. The written assignment consists of the following: on 2–3 pages (using 12-point font size and 1.5 line spacing) the applicants must describe what they believe is central to the art of opera and must discuss the future of the art of opera and their own role in this future.

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail:

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    If the number of eligible applicants  exceeds the number of places on the course, the applicants may be summoned to an interview and a short test of directing skills in a second phase of the selection process.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. Uniarts has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the course is  136 500 SEK

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.