Opera audition

Royal Academy Opera auditions take place in London only, in December.

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2020. Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly. You are welcome to contact the Registry or the department administrator if you have any queries. Please see www.ram.ac.uk/apply for application details.

Aspiring operatic candidates should apply for Royal Academy Opera, a two-year Advanced Diploma programme, UCAS Conservatoires course code 910F, at Level 8 in the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework.

Applications will typically normally already be studying voice at postgraduate level. You do not need to make additional applications for other Vocal Faculty courses at the Academy if you are auditioning for Opera (please see 'Alternative courses' below), but non-operatic candidates should apply for a Vocal Studies course.


You should prepare four contrasting operatic arias in a variety of languages, one of which must be sung in English or English translation.

Audition and recall

The opera auditions take place in two separate live rounds during our December session. Candidates who are successful at their first round audition will be invited to sing again at the recall session, which will be held on Thursday 12 December 2019.

The repertoire for your recall will be chosen from the arias you prepared for the first round audition. 

We regret we cannot consider video applications for Opera.

Alternative courses

If the audition panel feels you are not yet ready for entry to this specialist Level 8 postgraduate programme, they will automatically also consider you for Level 7 Professional Diploma or Masters. This means you only need to make one application, for Advanced Diploma Opera, and only one audition is timetabled (with recall if you are selected from the intial audition). You can discuss the alternative study options with the panel at the audition, and you may be given an academic interview after your audition. Please note, you will only receive one audition outcome result in UCAS Conservatoires ‘Apply and Track’.

Written work and Entrance requirements

If you do wish to be considered for an alternative postgraduate programme, please check the Postgraduate Written Requirements page, and remember to bring any of the required paperwork to your audition in case you are offered an academic interview.

The entrance requirements for the Royal Academy Opera Advanced Diploma are published in the Entrance Requirements section.