These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2021. 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 Admissions Team or the department administrator ( if you have any queries.


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 rounds, a video round and a recall.

1 October: application deadline in UCAS Conservatoires

16 November: extended deadline to upload videos into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page.

You should upload two contrasting operatic arias in different languages and your current Curriculum Vitae CV), plus a list of all four arias you have prepared, and your Spoken English item.

You will be contacted in the week commencing 2 November and we will tell you if you have been selected for the recall session.

You will be contacted before Christmas and we will tell you if you have been selected for the live recall round in the Susie Sainsbury Theatre. This will be held in the Spring (date to be confirmed).

The repertoire for your recall will be chosen from the four arias you have prepared; the panel will tell you which arias to perform when you meet them in the Theatre.

Please do not bring an accompanist, the Academy will provide a professional accompanist for you and you will have a warmup of 20 minutes with them immediately before the recall.

Written requirements

You are not required to submit written work for this course.

However, if you are also interested in one of the other postgraduate programmes, we suggest that you review the appropriate written work requirements which can found by following this link: entry requirements page.

Application Fee

We audition everyone who applies on time and pays their application and assessment fee.

Information on the assessment fee and waivers can be found in the Your Application pages of our website, please click on the link below.

Your Application website pages

Royal Academy Opera Scenes

29 October 2020
male opera singer singing in black and white

Sian Edwards conducts the Royal Academy Opera

20 November 2020
Cherubin production shot