The RCS MMus Opera course has, over the last twenty years, established an enviable record in training and preparing singers for a career, and continues to serve as an effective platform to launch young artists onto the first steps of their professional career pathway.
The department is a relatively small one, with 20-25 students over the two-year course, so all students receive a great deal of individual attention.
The RCS Opera and Vocal Performance Departments are made up of experienced and distinguished teachers and practitioners, and a wide range of visiting coaches, conductors, directors and guest artists provide a constant source of external stimuli.
A varied programme of performance takes place throughout the year. The first year comprises two sets of Opera Scenes and a set of Acting Scenes, allowing students to experience different repertoire and styles, and to discover their own strengths and weaknesses.
The second-year productions explore chamber opera repertoire along with the full-scale productions in the New Athenaeum Theatre. They provide opportunities to perform and collaborate with artists from across the RCS and with visiting directors and conductors.
Additionally, we maintain close links with Scottish Opera and Grange Park Opera. Professional agents and opera companies are frequent visitors, ensuring the Opera School is a busy and vibrant place to learn.