These details are for students applying to start their studies at the Academy in September 2024

Please see Filling In Your Application For UK Conservatoires via UCAS for further assistance with this process.

Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition requirements may change, so please check back here regularly.

Please contact the Admissions Team or the Royal Academy Opera administrator if you have any queries.

Opera

UCAS application deadline: 2 October 2023, 6pm UK time

Deadline for all candidates for London or Video auditions to submit the UCAS Conservatoires application (we do not audition for Opera at our international centres).

Then:

27 October deadline (midday UK time):

  • London in-person candidates: deadline to create your profile in the Acceptd portal, with:
    • Your referee contact details
    • The list of your four arias

No recordings are required for in-person candidates.

  • Video candidates: deadline to upload audition recordings (including the spoken English introduction) into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page. You will need to create a profile in the Acceptd portal into which you put your referee contact details, and upload:
    • Your audition recording
    • The list of all four arias in your audition programme
    • Your current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Your spoken English introduction

The recordings do not have to be in a single 'take' but should be from the same recording session.

If you also wish to be considered for postgraduate Vocal Studies, please add a choice in your UCAS Conservatoires profile for the Vocal Studies course, and you will also need to create a Vocal Studies choice in Acceptd with the appropriate repertoire and any written requirements for that course choice. There is a separate audition panel for entry to the Vocal Studies department.

Repertoire

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 at the Academy on 7 & 8 December and 11 to 14 December (round one).

In-person Recalls (round two) will be on 15 December.

Video candidates have a video round and a recall: you will need to create an application profile in the Acceptd portal into which you upload your audition recordings and your Spoken English introduction into the 'Media' section.

  • two contrasting operatic arias in different languages
  • your current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • a list of all four arias you have prepared
  • your Spoken English introduction.

You will be contacted in the week commencing 13 November and we will tell you if you have been selected for recall.

The recall panel will be at the end of the week of 11 December, the panel will select one aria from the remaining two arias in your list. You will choose the second aria, which can be from your first submission, or it can be the fourth aria.

ACADEMIC WRITTEN REQUIREMENTS

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

REPETITEUR

UCAS application deadline: 12 January 2024, midday UK time.

The course code is 909F.

Assessment

Round One of the assessment process is by video upload into Acceptd (Postgraduate Application / Royal Academy Opera - Repetiteur), the upload deadline is 19 January 2024, midday UK time.

You should prepare two ensemble scenes, with at least three main characters, from two operas and be able to play them and sing in the vocal lines as far as possible.
Also you should include your Spoken English introduction (see 'How to prepare your recording' on our Video auditions page)

The recall round for candidates selected from Round One will be on 20 March 2024.

Written requirements

You are not required to submit academic written work or a Specialist Proposal for this course application.

Application Fee

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

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

Further information about auditions can also be found on the auditions page.