Advanced Role Interpretation and Performance, Opera - course

Advanced Role Interpretation and Performance, Opera - course

The course Advanced role interpretation and performance, opera is aimed at you who want 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 Advanced role interpretation at SKH.

Within this course, we offer tools and methods to be able to work independently 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.


Stina Ancker, Assistant professor of scenic figuration

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    Teaching is conducted through individual voice- and musical coaching, joint coaching lessons and scenic group exercises.

    In seminars you 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 classical 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

    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).

    How to apply:

    Please note! Read all the instructions below before you submit your application

    You apply to the course in two steps

    1. Apply to the course via 
      Last day for application: 17 April 2023 
      Please note! Choose “Autum 2023” for your search!

      Please note that you need to submit supporting documents showing that you meet the general entry requirements via under My pages/Documents/Upload documents.
      Last day to submit supporting documentation: 2 May 2023
    2. Submit your worksample via Varbi (accordning to instructions below): 
      Last day to submit worksample to be part of the selection: 17 April 2023

    Important dates for your application 

    - Last day for applications: 17 April 2023
    Please note! Choose “Autumn 2023” for your search!

    - Last day to pay the application fee or prove that you are not required to pay the fees: 2 May 2023 (read more under Application and tuition fees below)

    - Admission results: Published on My pages on 12 July 2023.

    - Last day to reply to possible course offer: 21 July 2023.


    Instructions for worksamples

    You need to submit the following work samples via Varbi in order to be part of the selection to this course:

    1. State your voice type.
    2. State your repertoire: two recorded arias and three more to be performed if you are selected to the additional test at SKH.
    3. Film
      Upload a film where you perform the two opera arias/pieces.(Max 150 Mbit). Use Mp4, mov or avi. You may need to resize the video before uploading it.
      Read more here about reduce video size and What is Bitrate.
    4. Audio file
      Upload an uncompressed audio file where you sing the same opera arias/pieces as on the film.
    5. Your CV
      Upload a CV, where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to. Use pdf.
    6. Certificates
      Upload certificates supporting your cv. Please use pdf.

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

    1. Register by providing name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in you contact information.
    3. Please note! Fill in the application number you received when submitting your application to the course via
    4. Submit the requested documents/files.
    5. Please name the document/file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name


    Confirmation that you have submitted your work samples via Varbi

    When you've submitted your work samples you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated.

     If you don’t receive a confirmation e-mail, you should first check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact Varbi's technical support.

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays 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 and possibly also 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. 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 forpaying the tuition 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.

    The tuition fee for the course is 150 000 SEK for non EU/EEA citizens. The application fee is 900 SEK for non EU/EEA citizens.

    Read more about tuition fees and how to pay to SKH.


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