Opera Vocal Performance - Bachelor

This programme has Swedish as its main language of instruction. More information about the programme and how to apply can be found on SKH's website in Swedish. The Bachelor’s programme in Opera Vocal Performance is a programme for you who want to become opera singers.

This programme has Swedish as main language of instruction.You apply for the programme from our Swedish website.

Being an opera singer means that through the music, with your voice and body, you embody people’s thoughts, feelings and relationships with your strong and spirited presence on stage. Opera is often about epic dramatic events and emotions, but an opera singer must also be able to embody people’s innermost secrets in a concentrated and expressive way.

Applicants should have already completed studies in music and vocal techniques and have good knowledge of music theory. You should also have a strong musical-dramatic expressive drive. Our students have often already completed preparatory studies in music or musical drama at a college of music, folk high school (independent adult education college) or study association.

The objective of the Bachelor’s programme is to educate its students so that they become independent, artistically aware and reflective opera singers.

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    Semester 1: The meeting of text and music – basic musical-dramatic interpretation exercises, methods and practice.

    Semester 2: The collective work process – collaboration on stage and work with the conductor and director. The students present their work to an audience.

    Semester 3: Language, expression and audience – singing in foreign languages and continuing to develop skills in musical-dramatic communication. The first collaboration with an orchestra in a public concert

    Semester 4: Opera, historically and in our time – a large-scale exercise with a conductor and orchestra, in which students hone their collaboration and interpretation skills. Roles and classical opera repertoire are tested and discussed from a contemporary perspective.

    Semester 5: Venue, encounter, event – how space and various ways of approaching the audience affect musical-dramatic expression. The semester concludes with a performance at a major opera house or on an alternative major stage with a full orchestra. Audition training, preparations for professional work.

    Semester 6: Degree project and preparation for professional work – a major opera production with an orchestra and conductor and a reflective project, in which students enhance their skills as independent artists.

  • Entry requirements

    You need to fulfil general entry requirements for university studies in Sweden. Including Swedish course 1, 2 and 3 and English course 5 and 6  (courses in the Swedish upper secondary/high school system).

    The language of instruction is Swedish.

    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).

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  • How to apply

    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).

    This programme has Swedish as main language of instruction.You apply for the programme from our Swedish website.

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    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30).

  • When you have applied

  • 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. SKH 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, the Swedish Council for Higher Education needs to receive your payment by the last date for paying the application fee. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and the Swedish Council for Higher Education has not received your payment by the last date for paying the tuition fee, they will not process your application. Read more here.

    Read more about application and study fees, how you pay to SKH and tuition fees and scholarships.


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