Opera Vocal Performance - Master

Opera Vocal Performance - Master 2 years

A new one-year master's programme in opera, vocal performance has been developed. The new one-year programme will replace the two-year programme from the academic year of 2019/2020.
As a student on the two-year Master’s programme your independence and ability to identify your knowledge needs are crucial. During your studies you develop your artistry as an opera singer by actively seeking out new knowledge and deepening your skills. This takes place on the courses offered by the programme, but your opportunity to take responsibility for seeking knowledge is crucial and will affect the content of your programme.

The programme is designed to enhance your reflective skills, put you in contact with research and development in the field of opera and boost your knowledge of how you can actively manage your artistry in a changeable society. The programme also includes an emphasis on modern opera and the development of opera as an art form in a societal and international perspective.

Applicants should have very good vocal technique, strong musical-dramatic skills and an expressive drive. The studies require applicants to have thorough knowledge of music theory and basic knowledge of Italian and German lyrical diction.

Master's Programme in Opera with a Specialisation in Vocal Performance (two-years)

The Master’s programme endeavours to develop your technique and deepen your artistic skills as an opera singer. Through courses in artistic reflection, you focus on and develop your practical work from an artistic and societal perspective. The course in artistic entrepreneurship strengthens your ability to run your career and take responsibility for yourself as an opera singer during and after your studies.

The programme consists of two years’ full-time studies and its courses include the following:

  • Opera interpretation

This course title encompasses a range of subjects including vocal performance, musical interpretation and musical-dramatic interpretation for the stage. The tuition takes place individually and in groups, and the results are presented internally or to an audience. Students have access to language coaching and movement training as required.

  • Artistic reflection

On courses and in seminars students develop their ability to reflect on their own artistry and how it interacts with and is affected by a changeable world. The course also encompasses artistic research and the development of opera as an art form through focused seminars concerning artistic research – particularly within opera.

  • Artistic entrepreneurship

On this course each student prepares and completes their own artistic project. Sometimes it is also realised in practice. Students explore their entrepreneurial skills and practise tackling personal and organisational obstacles to the implementation of their projects.

  • Seminars about opera as an art form, and opera of today and tomorrow
  • Approaching audiences and giving concerts and performances
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    The structure over the two years:

    Semester 1: The opera singer’s vocal and physical skills used in practice – through practical work and reflection, the students define their knowledge needs, immerse themselves in a field of knowledge and work in depth on a role that develops them. Seminars and work on artistic reflection

    Semester 2: The opera singer today – work on new/contemporary musical drama and classical repertoire from a societal, contemporary and norm-critical perspective (i.e. challenging the norm). The role of singer in a developing art form. Public performances and seminars. Development of own artistic project.

    Semester 3: The opera singer and a transdisciplinary art form – analysing opera as a transdisciplinary art form. Reflection on the singer’s place and opportunities for interpretation in opera as a transdisciplinary art form. Students realise an independent musical-dramatic project on a small scale, followed by a project on a major opera stage with a conductor and orchestra. Students report on their own projects as entrepreneurs. Artistic reflection.

    Semester 4: Degree project – with their own artistic choices, students independently interpret an operatic role in collaboration with people in other professions; this is presented in a performance. In a reflective project, students analyse their own practical work as singers and thereby contribute to knowledge development within the subject discipline.

  • Entry requirements

    You must meet general entry requirements for studying programmes at second-cycle level as well as specific entry requirements in the form of English language skills at level Engelska 5. Read more on what this entails.

    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

    You should have a strong musical-dramatic drive to expression yourself if you want to be an opera singer. You need very good vocal technique, musical and dramatic expression skills and you must be able to work well independently. The studies require applicants to have thorough knowledge of music theory and basic knowledge of Italian and German diction.

  • 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).

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    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

  • 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 for the masterprogram in opera with a specialisation in singing starting the autumn term of 2016 had a tuition fee of SEK 249 700 per term and 998 800 SEK for the programme as a whole.

    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.