MA in Opera Making & Writing
In association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
One year full-time
On occasion, we able to consider applications submitted after the deadline. If you are interested in applying, please contact Antoine Kaiserman.
This new Masters programme allows composers and writers to focus on how new opera is created, developed and performed. Part of an exciting new partnership between Guildhall School and the Royal Opera House, the programme is led by Julian Philips, Head of Composition.
The programme is coordinated in close collaboration with the School’s award-winning Opera department, its Technical Theatre department and the Associate Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House. It enables you to acquire first-hand experience of the day-to-day workings of the Royal Opera House while receiving individually tailored one-to-one tuition from the School’s Writer-in-Residence or from a member of the School’s world-class composition department.
Through mentoring and observation, you will gain valuable insight into how to work successfully in opera with conductors and directors, singers and instrumentalists, designers and stage managers.
Watch the video above to find out more about the programme!
Specifically focusing on operatic composition and the theatre, the core programme activity supports writers and composers to work collaboratively on the creation of a new chamber operatic work (20-25 minutes in duration). This piece will be rehearsed, produced and premiered by the Opera course in Guildhall School’s new Milton Court Studio Theatre.
Additional projects allow writers to focus more specifically on their own creative practice – whether poetry, prose or dramatic script – and composers to develop their craft in writing for the operatic voice.
For both writers and composers, this programme offers valuable performance opportunities for new work across the Guildhall School’s Music, Acting and Technical Theatre departments. All students will become equipped with appropriate expertise in the professional context of new opera.
Additional programme features include:
- One-to-one Principal Study tuition for both writers and composers
- Observation of contemporary opera in rehearsal and production at the Royal Opera House
- Performance opportunities for smaller-scale project work through the School’s Vocal Studies and Drama departments
- A new professorial post of Writer-in-Residence appointed to support, supervise and mentor writing students on the programme
- Weekly production seminars
- Regular mentoring sessions for the composer-writer creative teams
- Electives including Electro-Acoustic Music, Aesthetics, Research and Writing for Performance
- Teaching Staff
- Entry Criteria
- Dates of Open Days for 2016 entry
- Tuition fees for 2016 entry
- Postgraduate Funding Support
- Closing dates for applications for 2016 entry
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- Disability Support
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