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Overview

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has a long tradition of producing singers of exceptional quality for concert and opera stages in Australia and worldwide. Your development as a singer and performer will be mentored and supported to reach your potential by teaching staff who are internationally experienced active performers, teachers and researchers.

At both an undergraduate and graduate level your focus will be on thorough technical and stylistic preparation for imaginative and engaged performance. Interpretative skills are supported by expert tuition in lyric diction as well as separate language classes.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places are available. Complete your application as soon as possible in order to be considered for a place in 2020.

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

  1. Submit an online application direct to the University of Sydney by clicking apply from this page
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF located on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 October for the next commencing session.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Please check the scholarships website for separate closing dates.

 

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

International applicants may apply directly to the University's International Office by clicking apply on the right hand side of the screen, or through a University overseas representative (education agent).

  1. Submit an online application direct to the University of Sydney by clicking apply from this page
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF located on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 October for the next commencing session.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Please check the scholarships website for separate closing dates.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) 

What you'll study

Our opera studies course at graduate level offers intensive focus on core operatic skills in singing, languages, role preparation and repertoire, stagecraft, acting, dance, ensemble, opera history and theatre studies.

Two staged operas with orchestra per year are ideal opportunities for you to immerse yourself in all aspects of the craft of opera, and to acquire experience in singing entire roles.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

  1. Submit an online application direct to the University of Sydney by clicking apply from this page. International applicants can apply through a University overseas representative (education agent) if they wish.
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Entry is by audition, which is held at the Conservatorium. If you are unable to attend in person, you may upload a video audition in the audition application.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF located on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.

Completion requirement

To qualify for the award of the Master of Music Studies (Opera Performance) a candidate must complete 96 credit points, including:

(a) Core advanced units of study; and

(b) A capstone experience as described in the handbook.

(c) Candidates may also apply to undertake an optional 12 credit points of research as part of their degree.

Assumed knowledge

Applicants who do not have a recognised tertiary award but who demonstrate an equivalent musical ability and maturity at the audition and interview, and who can show considerable performing experience may be admitted.

Admission requirement

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants in the order in which complete applications are received, and according to the admissions criteria. A successful application for admission to the Master of Music Studies (Opera Performance) requires:

(a) a master's degree in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or

(b) a pass bachelor's degree with a credit average, or an honours bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or

(c) an award of graduate diploma from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or

(d) completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; and

(e) successful completion of an audition and an interview.  

Career Pathways

The Opera Studies program will help you to develop the personal attributes needed for a career in performance, teaching or other fields such as:

  • Opera singer
  • Concert and Oratorio singer
  • Professional Ensemble singer
  • Professional Opera Chorus singer
  • Singing teacher (primary, secondary, tertiary and/or private)
  • Music research/academia
  • Broadcaster
  • Music writer/blogger/critic
  • Artist agent
  • Arts administrator

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Domestic students

International students

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for eligible domestic students

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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