Advanced role interpretation and performance - course
University College of Opera

Advanced role interpretation and performance - course

The course Advanced Role Interpretation and Performance Opera is for you who wish to develop your artistry as an opera singer, whether you are in the beginning or in the middle of your career.

Would you like to spend a term focusing on one opera role and deepen your interpretation with the support of singing lessons, musical coaching and performing supervision? Do you want to be able to analyse and reflect around a role – investigate the relation between language and music in seminars with other initiated and interested persons? Then you should apply to the course Advances Role Interpretation at the University College of Opera. With this course we offer tools and methods to be able to work independantely with role interpretation and performance on the opera stage.

The course consists of musical coaching, singing lessons, practical exercises in stage performance, studying and rehearsal techniques and role analysis.

Course director: Martin Hellström

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    The course starts 20 Jaanuary 2019 and ends 7 June 2020.Teaching is conducted through individual voice- and musical coaching, joint coaching lessons and scenic group exercises. In seminars the student will have the opportunity to raise questions around role interpretation, supervision in language interpretation and interpretation studies. Independent work with learning and interpretation is a condition for the ability to make use of the content of the course.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements for studies at second cycle level, which is studies at first cycle level.

    Specific entry requirements

    • English 5 or the equivalent
    • Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts of at least 180 credits  in singing or opera or the equivalent

    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

    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).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (incding your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    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. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name


    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    1. A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.

    2. Documentation showing that you meet the general entry requirements for studies at second cycle/advanced level.
    • Upload a transcript of records/courses and grades from your university studies
    • if you do not have the  courses and grades from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    We only accept documents in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from We do not accept e-mails as certificates


    3. Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:
    • English 5 or the equivalent
    • Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts of at least 180 credits  in singing or opera or the equivalent.
    • if you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning.
    4. Other documents needed for the admission process
    • state your voice type
    • state your repertoire: two recorded arias (see below) and three more to be performed if you are selected to the additional test at the University College of Opera.
    • Film upload a film where you perform the two opera arias/pieces.
    • Audio file Upload an uncompressed audio file where you sing the same opera arias/pieces as on the film.
    • Your CV

    5. Applying for recognition of prior learning 

     If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • A letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • Signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

    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 there are more eligable applicants than places on the course, there will be a selection process.The selection is made through a joint assessment of the submitted documents as well as an admission test. In the admission test we assess vocal technique, music dramatic expression, the ability to read music and knowledge in music theory


  • 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.

    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 273 000 SEK.

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


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