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MMus Opera Performance

  • Award:

    MMus Opera Performance

  • Awarding body:

    University of South Wales 

  • Location of study:

    Cardiff (RWCMD and Old Library) 

  • Start date:

    21 September 2025

  • Duration:

    Two years full time

  • Course code:

    852F – UCAS Conservatoire

Introduction


Meet the demands of today’s professional opera companies with our industry-led course that blends specialist tuition with diverse performing opportunities. 

Course overview

In this two year MMus programme, created in close association with the Welsh National Opera (WNO) operatic performance will be the foundation of your experience.

As a member of the David Seligman Opera School, you’ll take part in ensemble projects and opera scenes presentations. The majority of your study will centre on a public performance in fully staged opera, involving periods of intense preparation and rehearsal.  

Through our strong ties with industry, you’ll be immersed in a professional operatic company environment from early on in your course working as part of the David Seligman Opera School.

Through a range of teaching approaches in an inspiring conservatoire setting, you’ll develop a mastery of the essential skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s opera industry.

Why study opera at the Royal Welsh College?

  • The course encompasses a combination of teaching approaches that enrich your specialist skills, while enhancing your employability – one-to-one tuition, coaching, groupwork, tutorials, lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, in addition to opera production periods. 
  • Your programme of study won’t adhere to any single methodology or philosophy – instead, it brings many influences and approaches to your work so you can grow confident in identifying and understanding your own artistic vision. 
  • You’ll learn professional operatic working practices with professional directors and repetiteurs, offering you insight into the inner workings of the industry and building familiarity with the operatic environment.  
  • Our impressive list of tutors includes renowned vocal soloists and distinguished coaches. They offer you not only first-rate teaching, but mentorship and networking opportunities as well. 
  • Our partnerships with the opera industry offer you opportunities to collaborate directly with Welsh National Opera – These opportunities include the annual WNO opera gala where soloists from the David Seligman Opera School are accompanied by the WNO orchestra, being coached and mentored by WNO music staff as well as the chance to observe and shadow selected WNO studio rehearsals. Not only will this help you to build a network of contacts, but you’ll also be able to develop a deep understanding of how the industry operates.  
  • You’ll balance your individual tuition with fully integrated classes in stagecraft, which include movement and dance, and tuition in dramatic and interpretive skills. You’ll also have classes in the main operatic languages – Italian, French and German.  
  • Performing is crucial to your training, and you’ll take part in ensemble projects, various performances and opera scenes presentations – including baroque and contemporary works as well as standard repertoire – to hone these skills.  
  • Your study culminates in your taking a detailed study and preparation of a complete operatic role for presentation at a professionally equivalent audition and working session. This is usually assessed by a head of music from one of the main UK opera companies. 
  • Your chosen programme of study will help you to build the critical skills needed to make effective judgements concerning suitable repertoire and role choices for professional auditions.  
  • You’ll have classes that focus on professional etiquette and opera protocol, helping you to develop an awareness of collaborative working practices.
  • Learn from renowned international artists who visit the College annually to perform and hold masterclasses, offering invaluable artistic and industry insight to advance your skills.
  • You’ll have seminars that will teach you how to establish yourself as an independent artist. These sessions will cover networking, tax and finance, funding applications, social media – all the areas you need to know to develop and sustain a successful portfolio career alongside operatic work.
'I learned everything from the programme at the College, starting from the language lessons, movement, drama classes and singing lessons with Donald [Maxwell].
Within two years I learned all the tools I need to be ready to go for a career in the industry.'
Blaise MalibaGraduate and Professional Opera Singer

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