Royal Academy Opera

Royal Academy Opera has an outstanding reputation for training some of the most talented singers for professional operatic careers.

Our programme for advanced singers provides a highly focused study period in which singers work closely with the Academy’s distinguished singing professors and prestigious visiting artists and gain unrivalled performance experience.

The Academy offers Principal Study at the level of Advanced Diploma to postgraduate singers and Professional Diploma to répétiteurs who demonstrate exceptional talent in the field of opera.

Royal Academy Opera is funded mainly through private, external donations which cover tuition fees.

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See also

Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Fees and Financial Support


Telephone 020 7873 7383 / Email

Gareth Hancock

Head of Royal Academy Opera: Gareth Hancock

Conductor, vocal coach and répétiteur with opera companies including Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House and English National Opera

Accomplished career in accompaniment, performing in all the major concert halls in the UK and throughout Europe

Coaches young singers for the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House

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Autumn 2018 Booking Now Open


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Auditions 2016


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Vocal Faculty and Royal Academy Opera Open Day

27 September 2018 10:00am,

Potential students of the Vocal Faculty and Royal Academy Opera are invited to attend a typical teaching Thursday, with classes ...


02 October 2018 7:00pm, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

A concert showcasing different approaches to storytelling, featuring works by Ernst Toch, Francis Poulenc and a world premiere f...

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