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, you will have the tools to conduct an individual exploration as an opera singer. During these course elements, you will also meet researching artists and students from other parts of SKH. 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

    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).

    You apply to the programme in two steps


    1. Apply to the programme via universityadmissions.se
      Last day for application: 17 January 2022
      Please note! Choose “Autumn 2022” for your search!
    2. Submit your worksample via Varbi (accordning to instructions below):
      Last day to submit worksample via Varbi: 17 Januari 2022

    Other important dates for your application

    • Supporting documentation deadline: 1 February 2022*
    • Admission results: Published on My pages on universityadmissions.se 6 May 2022

    * 5 July is deadline for you who need to submit proficiency test in English or Swedish.

     Deadline for Diploma of Bachelor’s Degree and transcript of records for you who are currently studying the last term of your Bachelor’s Programme is by the time for registration.

    Instructions on how to submit your worksamples* via Varbi

    * Please read below which type of documentation and/or files that is required for the programme you have applied to.

    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.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the document/file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name


    1. You should state your voce type.
    2. 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.
    3. A text where you describe the project you want to pursue during your studies (pdf)
    4. A motivation letter of why you want to enter the program (pdf)
    5. Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to (pdf)
    6. 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.

    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.

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

  • When you have applied

    The assessment of eligibility and the selection take place in several stages. The assessment of formal merits/grades is carried out by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. The assessment of artistic merits is carried out by an admission group from SKH consisting of teachers and professionals from the field. A student representative can also participate in the admissions group, but will not take part in the assessment.

    After each stage of the process there will be a decision on who will proceed to the next step. Everyone is informed of whether they will proceed or not.

    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 21 and 24 of March 2022 at the Department of Opera, address Teknikringen 35, Stockholm.

    Here you will find detailed information about the selection process.


  • 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 of the Master’s program in opera start autumn 2022 is 274.000 SEK and for the whole program 548.000 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 SKH and tuition fees and scholarships.


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