About The Royal Opera Academy

About The Royal Opera Academy

The Royal Danish Opera offers a three-year opera singer program in association with the Royal Danish Theatre and the Royal Danish Academy of Music. The Royal Danish Opera Academy is located at the Opera in Copenhagen and training takes place at the opera house itself and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

The post-graduate program open to singers who have graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music as well as young talented singers with a background of private tuition. Vocal and musical training is undertaken by the Royal Danish Academy of Music and training in stage performance is undertaken by the Royal Danish Opera Academy.


Autumn 2016

The Opera House, Takkelloftet October 11th. and 13th. 7 pm. (free admission)
The Opera House, Takkelloftet November 28th. and 29th. 7 pm. (free admission)

Spring 2017

Concerts at The Old Stage, Kgs. Nytorv:
Old Stage January 27th and 29th 7.30 pm.
Soloist: Students from The Royal Danish Opera Academy
Orchestra: The Royal Danish Academy of Music
Conductor: Michael Boder

Concerts, 1st year students
13th of January, Johanneskirken, Greve, 7:30 pm
10th of March, Kongegaarden, Korsør, 7:30 pm
24th of March, Køge Musikskole, 7:30 pm
23th of April, Næstved Musikforening, 3:30 pm

The Rape of Lucretia, opera by Benjamin Britten  
The Opera House, Takkelloftet March 30th , April 1st,  3rd  and 5th. All performances at  8 pm.
Soloists:  Students from The Royal Danish Opera Academy
Orchestra: Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen
Director: Ebbe Knudsen
Conductor: Ian Ryan

Exams 2017 on Takkelloftet, The Opera House.
Monday the 22nd of May, 7pm            Pelléas et Mélisande, Dialogues des Carmélites, La serva padrona
Tuesday the 23rd  of May 7pm           Cosí fan tutte
Wednesday the 24th of May 7 pm      Pelléas et Mélisande,, Dialogues des Carmélites, La serva padrona
Friday the 26th of May 12                      Cosí fan tutte
Free entrance

Stage tower project at Den Danske Scenekunstskole:
9th of March, 7 pm
10th of March, 2 pm
11th of March, 5 pm 
13th, 14th and 15th of March, 3 and 7 pm

During the season 2016/2017 opera academy students perform in these Royal Danish Opera performances: 

Daniel Waade - Sparbüchsenbill i Mahagonny

Clara Cecilie Thomsen  - Barbarina i Figaros Bryllup

Frederik Paevatalu Rolin - Schaunard i La Bohème

Lydia Hoen Tjore (Delia), Julia Ojansivu (Delia), Fanny Kempe (Modestina) i Il viaggio a Reims




An annual admission exam is held in February/March where six students are admitted. Admission exam 2017 is held February 24th, 25th and 26th 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 (download PDF) 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 admission@dkdm.dk

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 musikarkiv@kglteater.dk 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.

If an examiner is disqualified related to one of the applicants, this examiner has neither right to talk nor to vote concerning this applicant. When the qualifications of the applicant in such a situation are being discussed, the assessor will then instead alt as examiner.

Admission qualifications

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.

Total admission

A total of 6 students are admitted annually.

Application and admission procedure

Admission for the Opera Academy at www.musikuddannelser.dk. The procedure at musikuddannelser.dk must be followed, printed and signed and sent by normal mail to the Royal Danish Academy of Music and registered no later than 1st February at noon. The site is open for application from around mid December.

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 procedure

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.

Examination requirements

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 song or ballad of the applicant’s own choice in the applicant’s mother tongue with piano accompaniment or unaccompanied. Duration: max 3 minutes.

One monologue (or similar presentation) from a play or a piece of prose or a poem of own choice – in 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.

Musical work with a coach on an aria or recitative.

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 1st December at noon.



Postboks 2185
1017 København K

Head of Academy

Anne Margrethe Dahl
33 69 37 81


Susanne Rolin
33 69 37 91

Helena Schulstad
33 69 37 92

Cecilie Engen Winton
33 69 37 93