After several steps of the selection process a committee makes a selection from among the applicants. In making the selection much consideration is given to the programme’s high demands on vocal and performance ability. The studies also presuppose solid knowledge of music theory.
Master’s program in opera, vocal performance, 1 year
The admission process consists of four selection tests. In making the selection much consideration is given to the programme’s high demands on vocal and performance ability. The studies also presuppose solid knowledge of music theory.
In the first test the evaluation of the applicants is based on the material uploaded through Varbi with the application (sound file and video). The second, third and fourth tests of the admission process take place at the Department of Opera, address Teknikringen 35 in Stockholm, March 22 – 25, 2021.
Selection tests for applicants to the Bachelor's and Master's programs take place at the same time, but in separate groups.
The singing tests consist of works of your own choice.
You should prepare a total of seven pieces according to the following:
- Six arias from operatic works
- One song or lied
You may perform one of these pieces in your native language. The others should be performed in the original language.
Selection test 1
This first test is assessed from the video and sound recording you have uploaded in your application. 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.
The jury committee will decide who continues to Selection test 2.
All applicants will be informed whether they go on to Selection test 2 or not, through Varbi at the latest March 5th.
Selection test 2
Monday March 22, 2021
You will sing an aria of you own choice. A pianist from the Department of Opera will be available to play with you, so please bring the sheet music for the pianist. The jury committee might want you to also sing another aria.
The jury committee will then decide who continues to Selection test 3. All applicants will get notice through e-mail from the Varbi system, and the applicants that go on to the third round will get a schedule for the upcoming days.
Selection test 3
Tuesday and Wednesday March 23 – 24, 2021
These tests will also take place at the Department of Opera and a pianist will be available.
- Musical interpretation test. Individual test in front of the jury committee, 15 minutes.
You will work with an aria from your repertoire list with a teacher from the department.
- Performance/scenic movement test. Individual test in front of the jury committee, 15 minutes.
You will work staging a scene with a director in front of the jury with an aria from your list where we are looking for personal creativity, social skills, the use of body language and artistic expression. Please bring the sheet music for the pianist.
Which arias you will be working with will be decided by the jury after their meeting on Monday evening.
In the interview, we ask questions about the project that you formulated in your application. You get an opportunity to clarify your thoughts about the project and its purpose. We want to know more about why you chose your specific project, your issues and how you think the project can develop your art.
Selection test 4
Thursday March 25, 2021
You sing an aria of your own choice. The jury committee may also ask you to sing other pieces from your list.
A pianist from the Department of Opera will be available to play with you from Selection test 2.
Notification about Admittance
Notification regarding which applicants that are accepted to the program or placed as reserves will be sent out in e-mail through Varbi system. This will take a few weeks after the admission tests.
If you have questions, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and name it Opera.