Academy of Opera
The Academy of Opera is the highest-level institution for opera education in Norway. The Academy offers comprehensive, practice-oriented instruction in voice and acting skills, with special emphasis on stage productions. The Academy organises annual study tours and auditions abroad, as well as master classes and lectures with international guests.
The Academy cooperates with the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet and the Norwegian Academy of Music to provide training for opera singers. This collaboration gives the Academy access to projects involving orchestras and to present the Academy’s own performances on the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet’s stages. Students graduating from the Master’s degree programme may be offered an apprenticeship as a soloist with the National Opera following an audition.
Interaction with the other academies within the Oslo National Academy of the Arts creates an inspiring environment for students and employees alike, and offers the opportunity for enriching exchange between artistic genres.
One-year programme in opera
To be eligible for this course, students must have completed at least two years of a music education programme at university college level. Students admitted to the course must demonstrate particular talent for dramatic musical expression. Applicants are ranked according to the results of their entry examinations.
Students receive basic musical and stage training in the field of opera, which lays the foundation for admission to the Master’s degree programme in opera. A combination of individual, group and project-based instruction is used.
The main portion of the programme consists of individual singing, learning music for individual and ensemble singing, movement and stage plastics, stage performance and stage productions.
The course emphasises basic training in acting and stage skills. This forms the basis for the Master’s degree course activities, which are designed to teach students how to master and communicate larger roles from the operatic literature. A maximum of four students are admitted each year.
Master’s in opera
The Master’s degree programme in opera seeks to educate opera singers to the highest artistic level. Basic training in acting and some experience with stage performance are required for admission. This forms the basis of the programme’s activities, which are designed to train students to master and communicate larger roles. Students must memorise at least two such roles in their entirety.
The programme consists primarily of individual singing, learning music for individual and ensemble singing, stage performance, movement and stage plastics. All subjects are integrated into stage productions, which are a key component of the programme. The choice of repertoire is tailored to the students’ and the individual’s abilities and requirements. The productions are headed by a team comprising primarily a stage director, musical director and répétiteur. Master’s degree students take part in activities such as:
• master classes with international coaches
• productions with international stage directors and scenographers
• study tours, usually to Berlin
• the Baltic/Nordic student music festival
• Baltic/Nordic auditions for students (second-year students at the Master’s level)
• auditions for soloist apprentice positions at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet (second-year students at Master’s level)
A maximum of four students are admitted each year.
Common application procedure for all study programmes
- Download the application form (there is a link under each subject), read all the information carefully and fill in the form in Adobe Reader.
- Register your personal information and study preferences on SøknadsWeb. In order to register you must create your own personal pin code, which you will use every time you log in. After you have registered on SøknadsWeb and chosen your course of study, you will receive a receipt with your applicant number by email.
- Upload the application form and the other documents as described on SøknadsWeb. Follow the instructions carefully. You will not receive a separate receipt for each uploaded document, but at any point you can check what documents you have uploaded by clicking on “my documents” when logged into Søknadsweb.
It will be possible to download the application form and to register on SøknadsWeb from around two months before the application deadline.
Please address any questions about the admissions process to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write the name of the study programme in the subject line.
One-year programme in opera
Admission is based on formal education and auditions. The programme requires a completed music education at university college level of at least two years duration (120 ECTS credits). Students admitted to the programme must show particular aptitude for music-dramatic expression. Applicants are ranked according to the results of the auditions.
Master’s in opera
Admission is based on formal education and auditions. The programme requires a completed music education to Bachelor’s level (180 ECTS credits), of which 80 credits must be for subjects of relevance to opera, and of these 25 credits must be for stage skills. Basic knowledge of phonetics and the Italian language is also required.
In exceptional cases, the institution may approve other documented qualifications that are wholly or partially equivalent to the educational qualifications described above.
Applicants are ranked according to the results of auditions. Students admitted to the programme must show a particular aptitude for music-dramatic expression.
Applicants must be fluent in Norwegian and English.
If you are interested in becoming an exchange student at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, read more at the Student Exchange page.