Advanced Diploma in Opera


The Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies is a two-year postgraduate course of intensive training for opera singers.

It brings together the experience of working in a small opera company with the educational framework to provide a bridge to a professional career, using a combination of one-to-one teaching and coaching, and communal productions and classes. Normally applicants will have a Masters degree, but the Academy welcomes applications from potential students who do not meet these requirements if they are of an appropriate performing level.

All applicants for the Advanced Diploma will be considered for the Bicentenary Scholarship scheme.

Made possible by an anonymous donation of £1.7 million, the scholarships will cover the recipients’ full tuition fees, and for a number of students also can attract maintenance support during the two-year bespoke programme of intensive training and will support a total of 40 talented young musicians over a five year period commencing from the 2018-19 academic year.

Bicentenary Scholars will also get the opportunity to produce a series of recordings with Linn Records, a world-renowned independent recording label who have a strong commitment to emerging artists. These will be made publicly available worldwide via digital platforms.

‘I’m so grateful for this opportunity to spend an additional year fine tuning all the work I’ve done so far, and to leave with a professional recording. This is the chance of a lifetime to begin curating my own career.’ – Anna Geniushene, Bicentenary Scholarship recipient 2018-19.

As the Academy moves towards our Bicentenary in 2022, these scholarships strengthen our commitment to providing the best possible experience for students in preparation for their careers.

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View Programme Specification: Advanced Diploma in Opera (PDF)

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