Opera Vocal Performance - Master
University College of Opera

Opera Vocal Performance - Master

The Master’s programme in Opera with a specialisation in vocal performance is a programme for students who have already completed a Bachelor’s programme for opera singers and want to deepen their studies at second-cycle level. Vocational education and training worth 180 higher education credits or the equivalent may also make you eligible for this programme. Here you will find information on the structure of this two-year programme.
University College of Opera will not be making a call for applications to the master's programme in opera with a specialisation in vocal performance for the study year of 2018/19.

The department is developing a new master's programme which is planned to start in January 2020 and we are making a pause during two years for applications to the current program.

Instead University College of Opera will announce free-standing courses at master's level, 30 ECTS (one semester full time studies), with various deepening focuses. Starting date for these courses will be 3rd of September 2018. The courses will offer opera singers supervision in individual, independent projects like studying a specific role or in-depth vocal development. The course syllabi for these free-standing courses will be decided during fall 2017 and admission will take place in spring 2018. We will return shortly with information about the announcement and the content in the new courses.
As a student on the Master’s programme your independence and ability to identify your knowledge needs are crucial. During your studies you develop your artistry as an opera singer by actively seeking out new knowledge and deepening your skills. This takes place on the courses offered by the programme, but your opportunity to take responsibility for seeking knowledge is crucial and will affect the content of your programme.

The programme is designed to enhance your reflective skills, put you in contact with research and development in the field of opera and boost your knowledge of how you can actively manage your artistry in a changeable society. The programme also includes an emphasis on modern opera and the development of opera as an art form in a societal and international perspective.

Applicants should have very good vocal technique, strong musical-dramatic skills and an expressive drive. The studies require applicants to have thorough knowledge of music theory and basic knowledge of Italian and German lyrical diction.

Master's Programme in Opera with a Specialisation in Vocal Performance

The Master’s programme endeavours to develop your technique and deepen your artistic skills as an opera singer. Through courses in artistic reflection, you focus on and develop your practical work from an artistic and societal perspective. The course in artistic entrepreneurship strengthens your ability to run your career and take responsibility for yourself as an opera singer during and after your studies.

The programme consists of two years’ full-time studies and its courses include the following:

  • Opera interpretation

This course title encompasses a range of subjects including vocal performance, musical interpretation and musical-dramatic interpretation for the stage. The tuition takes place individually and in groups, and the results are presented internally or to an audience. Students have access to language coaching and movement training as required.

  • Artistic reflection

On courses and in seminars students develop their ability to reflect on their own artistry and how it interacts with and is affected by a changeable world. The course also encompasses artistic research and the development of opera as an art form through focused seminars concerning artistic research – particularly within opera.

  • Artistic entrepreneurship

On this course each student prepares and completes their own artistic project. Sometimes it is also realised in practice. Students explore their entrepreneurial skills and practise tackling personal and organisational obstacles to the implementation of their projects.

  • Seminars about opera as an art form, and opera of today and tomorrow
  • Approaching audiences and giving concerts and performances
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    The structure over the two years:

    Semester 1: The opera singer’s vocal and physical skills used in practice – through practical work and reflection, the students define their knowledge needs, immerse themselves in a field of knowledge and work in depth on a role that develops them. Seminars and work on artistic reflection

    Semester 2: The opera singer today – work on new/contemporary musical drama and classical repertoire from a societal, contemporary and norm-critical perspective (i.e. challenging the norm). The role of singer in a developing art form. Public performances and seminars. Development of own artistic project.

    Semester 3: The opera singer and a transdisciplinary art form – analysing opera as a transdisciplinary art form. Reflection on the singer’s place and opportunities for interpretation in opera as a transdisciplinary art form. Students realise an independent musical-dramatic project on a small scale, followed by a project on a major opera stage with a conductor and orchestra. Students report on their own projects as entrepreneurs. Artistic reflection.

    Semester 4: Degree project – with their own artistic choices, students independently interpret an operatic role in collaboration with people in other professions; this is presented in a performance. In a reflective project, students analyse their own practical work as singers and thereby contribute to knowledge development within the subject discipline.

  • Entry requirements

    You must meet general entry requirements for studying programmes at second-cycle level as well as specific entry requirements in the form of English language skills at level Engelska 5. Read more on what this entails.

    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

    You should have a strong musical-dramatic drive to expression yourself if you want to be an opera singer. You need very good vocal technique, musical and dramatic expression skills and you must be able to work well independently. The studies require applicants to have thorough knowledge of music theory and basic knowledge of Italian and German diction.

  • How to apply

    When the programme is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply here"-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 has to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).


    When you have entered the system:

    1. Register by filling in your name and e-mail address. We will use this e-mail address to communicate with you through MyNetwork. If you change your e-mail address, please update your profile. Please also check your spam folder.

    2. Fill in your personal data. If you are not a Swedish citizen, you should state your date of birth and upload a copy of your passport or national identity card.

    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents, not copies. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.

    • All documents that are in the same category (for example transcripts and diploma copies) must be scanned into ONE file. There are programmes on the internet that can help you with this.


    • Check your scan to see that everything on the original document can be read on the scan, including text, stamps, numbers, etc. If it can't be read when it's uploaded, it cannot be accepted.

    • We do not recommend that applicants take photos of their documents. The quality is not at a level where we can guarantee we can accept the document in that format.

    • All files must be in PDF-format to be accepted for uploading.

    Please name the file with content and your name for example: CVAnnaSmith.



    PASSPORT (if you are not a Swedish citizen nor have a Swedish social security number)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country or Switzerland (a so called third country) need to pay an application fee for higher education in Sweden of 900 SEK at the latest January 15, 2016. If you are admitted, you also have to pay tuition fees.

    If you are citizen in an EU, EEA-country or Switzerland you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. In order to find out which group you belong to, University College of Opera needs to have a proof of your citizenship. In order to verify your nationality, you have to upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card. If you have a Swedish civic registration number or Swedish citizenship you do not need to upload a copy of your passport.

    If you upload copies of your identity card, please remember to upload both sides of the identity card.


    A degree certificate (for a degree of bachelor, or the equivalent degree, including a transcript of records)

    Upload your degree certificate for a degree of bachelor, or the equivalent degree, including a transcript of records. Grades and certificates should primarily be in Swedish, but Danish, English, Faroese, Finish, French, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Spanish are accepted too. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Certificate about current studies (if applicable for you)

    If you attend last term at a bachelor programme you have to send in a transcript of courses and grades that shows the completed studies. A certificate for a degree of bachelor or the equivalent degree should be at University College of Opera at the latest at the start of the autumn term (before registration).

    Documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 5, or the equivalent)

    Upload documentation that shows that you meet the specific entry requirement of English 5 or the equivalent. You can also demonstrate your English abilities through an internationally recognized English test. Students, who have studied at university level, with English as the language of instruction, may meet the requirements through certain exemptions.

    Here you will find more information regarding the English language requirements, accepted tests and minimum results required.



    If you do not have the formal merits and the grades that are required to meet the general and/or specific entry requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning/exemption. You should upload a letter explaining why you think that you will cope with the studies even though you do not fulfil the general and/or specific entry requirements and also to upload documents that prove your previous experiences


    Upload your CV with a complete account of your previous education, beginning with upper secondary school/high school, and briefly describe your work experience.

    The CV needs to be in English.

    Upload a document where you describe how you look upon the art of opera in today’s society and your own role as an opera singer (use 2000 – 3000 characters).



    Please, upload a video (mov, mp4, avi) and a non compressed sound recording (Wav, Aiff, M4a)  where you sing an aria from your repertoire list. Use the same aria in both film and sound recording.

    For technical support regarding file format please contact Jimmy Svensson. E-mail: jimmy.svensson@uniarts.se

    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: support@varbi.com

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    E-mail: support@varbi.com 
    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30).

  • When you have applied

    The selection of applicants is planned to take place in several steps. The assessment will be performed by an admissions group consisting of teachers and professionals working in the field. A student representative is also present, but does not take part in assessing the applicants. After each step, decisions will be made as to which applicants will proceed to the next step. All applicants will be notified of whether they have progressed or not.

    Here you can find more detailed information about the selection tests

  • 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 masterprogram in opera with a specialisation in singing starting the autumn term of 2016 had a tuition fee of SEK 249 700 per term and 998 800 SEK for the programme as a whole.

    Scholarships to Cover the Tuition Fee

    If you are obliged to pay a tuition fee you can apply for a scholarship which covers the tuition fee. The scholarship does not cover any private costs during your studies. Please note that you still need to pay an application fee (900 SEK). The application fee is non-refundable.

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


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