Opera Vocal Performance - Master 1 year

Opera Vocal Performance - Master

The Master’s Programme in opera vocal performance is aimed at you who wish to deepen and develop aspects of your artistry, working together with highly skilled tutors in a stimulating, artistic research environment.

Following professional experience or directly after your Bachelor’s degree in classical singing or opera, the Master’s programme in opera will give you the opportunity to embrace aspects of your artistry that you wish to develop and deepen. It could be a role that you want to study, or a year to work with your vocal and scenic expressions.

At the heart of the programme is your independent project that focuses on a topic in your profession as an opera singer. You will formulate and develop the project over the course of the program. Through supervision from our senior lecturers and professors, studies of methods in artistic work and within artistic research and through the meetings with researching artists, you will have the tools to conduct an individual exploration as an opera singer. You will also receive skills training in coaching and singing lessons, and will participate in a public performance with scenes from the opera repertoire.

The programme gives you the tools to participate in professional life as an independent and creative opera singer. The program is research preparatory and provides eligibility for studies at third-cycle level.

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    Term 1: Singing lessons, rehearsals and scenic work to develop methods for independent work. You begin your degree project – the project you presented in your application. Seminars and meetings with researchers and students will give you the means necessary to develop this project and its research questions.

    Term 2: You further develop and present your degree project. The presentation contains both an artistic and reflective aspect. You will participate in a public performance with scenes from the opera repertoire.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor’s degree or professional qualification of at least 180 credit points or equivalent. 


    Specific entry requirements

    • English 5 or equivalent.
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent higher education qualification in classical singing or opera of at least 180 credits or 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).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    The applicants who are qualified for the Master's programme in opera will undergo an admissions test. In the admissions tests your vocal technique and your music dramatic ability and expression will be assessed.

    Through the project you are applying with an assessment is made of your reflective ability and artistic maturity, which also forms the basis for the selection.

    It is valuable if you have basic knowledge of Italian and German lyrical diction, but these skills are not crucial in the assessment.

  • 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 application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including 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.

    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.

    Documentation showing that you meet the general entry requirements for studies at second cycle/advanced level.

    • Upload your Degree of a Bachelor of Arts including the transcript of records.
    •  If you are in your last year of studies please upload a certificate that shows completed and current courses
    • if you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning, see below

    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 Antagning.se. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:

    • English 5 or the equivalent
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent higher education qualification in classical singing or opera of at least 180 credits or equivalent.

    if you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning see below.

    Other documents needed for the admission process

    • You should state your voce type.
    • A list of six opera arias plus one lied/art song to perform by heart. One should be in your native language and the others in the original language.
    • A text where you describe the project you want to pursue during your studies (pdf)
    • A motivation letter of why you want to enter the program (pdf)
    • Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to (pdf)
    • A film and audio file; You should upload a compressed movie clip (mov, mp4, avi) and a non-compressed audio file (Wav, Aiff), at a maximum of 10 minutes (max 150 Mb) where you render an aria from your repertoire list, the same aria in both files. The recording should be made so that your voice appears clearly; not in an over-acoustic room, such as a church with a lot of reverberation and with the microphone at a distance, or in a scenic performance where you move far away from the microphone.


    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: 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

    SKH follows the recommendations and restrictions of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Government regarding the Corona-pandemic. Depending on how the situation with the pandemic develops during the winter, and which restrictions that might follow, it might not be possible to go through with the admission tests on SKH’s campus as planned, but only digitally. If that is the case, we will send all applicants information about this and on how the admission tests will be done instead.

    The admissions group will make a primary selection of the applicants based on the film and audio files submitted with the application. Those who proceed will be invited to selections tests at the Department of Opera at SKH, during which the admissions group will assess your ability to perform musical drama and other qualifications necessary for participating in the programme. This will be done through tests in singing and music dramatic performance, and an interview.

    These examinations will take place between 22 and 25 of March 2021 at the Department of Opera of SKH, address Teknikringen 35, Stockholm.

    You can read more about the tests here.

    If you have other questions about the application, please contact studieinfo@uniarts.se

  • 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 of the Master’s programme in opera start autumn 2021 is 270.900 SEK and for the whole program 541.800 SEK.

    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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