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.
The Opera House, Takkelloftet October 11th. and 13th. 7 pm. (free admission)
The Opera House, Takkelloftet November 28th. and 29th. 7 pm. (free admission)
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
Concert 1.year students
Johanneskirken i Greve Januar 13th. 7.30 pm.
Korsør March 10th. 7.30 pm.
Køge Musikskole Marts 24th. 7.30 pm.
Næstved Musikforening April 23rd. 3.30 pm.
The Rape of Lucretia, opera by Benjamin Britten
The Opera House, Takkelloftet March 30rd. April 1st. 3rd. 5th. 8 pm.
Soloists: Students from The Royal Danish Opera Academy
Orchestra: Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen
Director: Ebbe Knudsen
Conductor: Ian Ryan
Exams and shows in 2016
The Opera House, Takkelloftet.
Week 20 og 21. More information to come. Free admission.
During the season 2015/2016 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.
Application for the Opera Academy at www.musikuddannelser.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 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.
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.
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
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 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 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.