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3-year BA (Hons) Opera Performance Studies

This 3-year BA (Hons) Opera Performance Studies is run in collaboration with Rose Bruford College. It is designed to afford you a period of intensive practical study of the essential skills required to build a successful career in Opera. The programme aims to develop you as all-round performers.
A central, intensive two-year practice period is flanked by academic study on-line and intensive practice weekends. During the intensive practical phase of the course, students study three days per week based at Associated Studios.

The academic content of the course is delivered online and you are required to deliver regular assessed projects. The academic study is designed to provide a theoretical underpinning that supports your practice and covers aspects of opera as a performance art – analyzing directing styles, composition, researching libretti, understanding the social history of opera, Lieder and much more.

Please note, this course is subject to validation. The College reserves the right to withhold the programme should there be insufficient numbers.

One of the great advantages of this course is that you will only need to find two years of living expenses, and will graduate having been put through your paces on a rigorous vocational programme, backed up by intensive academic learning crucial to your understanding of your craft in theory and practice.

As most applicants will be 18-25, great care will be taken to build your voices carefully and progressively with age and voice appropriate repertoire and in consultation with established singing teachers. The progressive accumulation of the practical component considers the needs of young voices. Apart from studying appropriate Opera scenes and arias, you will also study other recital repertoire including Lieder and Chansons.

Throughout the course you will work with top industry practitioners including repetiteurs, conductors, performers, language specialists, directors, acting coaches, vocal coaches and movement coaches.

Classes include:

  • Group workshops in dramatic, musical and interpretive skills
  • Sessions with experienced opera repetiteurs and conductors
  • Opera scene rehearsal and role-study
  • Acting and Improvisation
  • Language coaching
  • Pilates and Alexander Technique
  • Ballroom and Baroque Dance
  • Audition Technique
  • Performance craft
  • Music coaching and vocal technique
  • Masterclasses with eminent Opera professionals

How to Audition:

If you wish to apply for the BA Opera Performance Studies please send in a letter detailing your performance experience and a headshot to info@associatedstudios.co.uk. Please also include a reference from your current singing teacher or Head of Music/Choir Master if possible. Please be aware that the BA Opera Performance Studies programme takes into account that young voices must develop slowly and safely. Please choose repertoire which is appropriate for your age and voice type. Lieder and chansons etc are welcome, as well as suitable arias, especially by Mozart and Handel.

If your application is successful, you will be given a date to audition. There is a £40 audition fee to cover the cost of the panel, venue and accompanist. Your audition fee must be paid in advance and can be paid by phone on 020 73852038.

Audition Requirements for Opera Courses

  • If you would like to audition, please prepare two contrasting songs/arias. One of these should be in English and one should be in a French, German or Italian. We may film your audition so that our Repetiteurs can plan the Opera scenes should your audition be successful.
  • An accompanist will be provided at your audition. Please ensure songs and arias are in the correct key, taped together with any cuts or instructions clearly marked.
  • Offers will be made to successful applicants subject to course validation.
One of our Staff members will contact you after the review process. If you have any questions about Associated Studios Applications, please contact us.
Overseas Applicants
Associated Studios welcome overseas applicants.
  • If you would like to audition please send in a video of two contrasting songs/arias. One of these should be in English and one should be in a French, German or Italian. You may be asked for a Skype interview.


‘I believe that the Opera Course offers young and aspiring singers valuable opportunities to connect with professionals, outside of the traditional music college environment. The expertise we can share, coupled with the nurturing and challenging environment provided by Leontine Hass and her team, combine to stimulate and provoke singers as they prepare for the rigours of a performing career.’ Brad Cohen (Conductor)

 Guest Opera Coaches include:

James Conway (Artistic Director of Olivier Award winning English Touring Opera) • Jeremy Silver (Conductor, AHM NOS) • Martin Fitzpatrick (Head of Music ENO) • Rebecca Evans (Grammy Award Winning Soprano) • Olivia Fuchs (Director at ROH, ENO, Opera Holland Park) • Brad Cohen (Conductor at Opera Holland Park, RPO, BBC 2’s Maestro) • Giles Havergal (Director at Opera North, WNO, Scottish Opera) • Jonathan Hinden (Conductor and Senior Coach at Glyndebourne) • Mary King (Director of VoiceLab, Channel 4’s Operatunity) • Natalie Murray (Opera Coach, RCM, Jette Parker Programme, NOS) • Robin Norton-Hale (Director of Olivier Award Winning La Boheme for Opera Up Close) • Jonathan Cohen (Associate Conductor of Les Arts Florissants) • Mandy Demetriou (Movement Director at ROH, ENO, Opera North) • Sophie Daneman (Internationally acclaimed Baroque Soprano) • Alessandro Talevi (Director at Opera North, Sadler’s Wells, Buxton Festival) • Brindley Sherratt (Internationally acclaimed Bass) • Andrew Watts (Internationally acclaimed Countertenor) • Justin Way (Head of Staff Directors at ROH) • Rory Bremner (Satirist and English Librettist for Scottish Opera) • Max Key (Opera Director) • Mary Hill (Repetiteur RAM/RCM) • Christopher Cowell (Opera Director) • Stuart Barker (Opera Director) • Norbert Meyn (Coach, Guildhall) • Philip Headlam (Opera Coach) • Robert Fried (Acting Coach/Director RADA) • Lawrence Cummings (Repetiteur/ Coach) • Roger Vignoles (Diapason d’Or Award Winning Pianist) • Iain Burnside (Grammy and Sony Radio Award Winning Pianist) • William Relton (Opera Director) • Leontine Hass(vocal coach) • David Edwards ( Opera Director)

‘I am forever grateful to the amazing and unique team at Associated Studios, and am lucky enough to know that their endless support is only a phone call or email away!’

Jessica Costelloe -former student

‘Nothing could have prepared me for the sheer volume of talented performers, directors, conductors and tutors I worked with throughout my time on the Opera Course with Associated Studios. I received so many pearls of wisdom from everyone who taught at the studio. I was greatly humbled by the care and dedication shown to me by Leontine and her lovely team. I was encouraged to try repertoire that I might not have chosen previously (which suited me beautifully) in a safe and fun environment where I was given the opportunity to experiment, play and make mistakes. I am excited by the contacts that I’ve made during my time on the course and have already been hired to play a lead role in Lyric Opera’s next season.’

Emma Walsh – former student



Date: September 2018

Duration: 3 years

Fee: £9,250 per annum

Attendance: Full-time

Address: Associated Studios, The Hub @ St Alban’s Fulham, 2 Margravine Road, London W6 8HJ

Associated Studios