An annual admission exam is held in February/March where six students are admitted. There were nineteen students at the academy this season, all year groups included.
Admission exam 2013 is held February 22nd, 23rd and 24th at The Opera House.
The application deadline is: February 1st at noon.
Information about application can be found at the official website of the Royal Danish Academy of Music http://www.dkdm.dk/Saadan_soeger_du.aspx or be acquired by calling +45 72 26 72 26.
Application for the Opera Academy at www.musikuddannelser.dk
Should you experience problems with your application at www.musikuddannelser.dk please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about Danish translations: Please send an email stating that you are an applicant for the Opera Academy and the aria or recitative you have chosen to sing in Danish (composer, title, role, aria or rec. number, beginning of text in original language) to email@example.com and the translation will be mailed to you if possible.
Rules of admission
The annual admission exam is presided over by a committee consisting of:
- The Principal of the Opera Academy
- An internal examiner appointed among teachers at the Royal Danish Theatre or the Opera Academy
- An external examiner appointed among the teachers at the Royal Danish Academy of Music who are associated with the Opera Academy
- Two external examiners serving a three-year term, appointed by the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs following recommendations by the Opera Academy
Students are nominated for admission by the committee. However, the final decision of admission is made by the Opera Academy Council following recommendation by the Principle.
An applicant is qualified if deemed by the committee to have demonstrated a potential in achieving the highest standards of the art of opera within the timeframe of the three-year study program, or in special cases a four-year program.
General musical skills are required on par with the requirements of a Masters degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Applicants are required to be able to follow tuition given in Danish.
A total of 6 students are admitted annually.
Application and admission procedure
A special application forms is required. Fully completed applications must have been registered with the Royal Danish Academy of Music by 1 February at noon. A deposit of DKK 1000 must be paid with the application.
Applicants will receive instructions prior to examination as to where and when the examination will take place in addition to information on the nature and procedure of the examination.
Applicants will receive notice of their nomination shortly after their completed tests. Final notification of admission to the Opera Academy is subject to the approval by the Opera Academy Council.
Complaints over the admission examination are subject to the procedures stipulated by Executive Order No 328 of 22 May 1995, issued by the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
Applicants will be judged on the basis of an assessment of their potential to achieve the highest standards of the art of opera.
Guidelines for the admission examination are issued by the management of the Opera Academy.
Grades are given on the basis of the national grading system issued by the Danish Ministry of Education.
Admission is limited to the number of student places offered by the Opera Academy and may also be subject to the Academy’s priority of achieving an overall balance between the different types of singing voices.
Two opera arias and a major opera recitative of which at least one must be performed in Danish. The presentation should not last more than 12 minutes.
The board of examiners reserves the right to shorten the time allocated to individual applicants or presentations and to require additional testing, which may include the following presentations:
The performance of one Danish song or ballad of the applicant’s own choice with piano accompaniment, or an unaccompanied song (Non-Danish nationals may choose to sing in their mother tongue) Duration: max 3 minutes.
One monologue (or similar presentation) from a play or a piece of prose or a poem of own choice – in Danish (or the mother tongue of the applicant). Duration: max 3 minutes.
An improvisation conducted with an appointed drama teacher with whom the session is planned and executed immediately.
All presentations must be made from memory.
Applicant may in special circumstances be admitted to the Opera Academy on the basis of their vocal skills if they are considered to be on par with those of Master students at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, even if the applicant’s general musical standing is less well developed.
In such circumstances applicants are required to follow a special program developed by the management of the Opera Academy.
Applicants to the Opera Academy, who wish to apply for entry to the Royal Danish Academy of Music as a secondary choice, must submit their application to the Royal Danish Academy of Music by 1 December at noon.