Bachelor's Course Répétiteur Opera and Musical Theatre

Entrance Requirements

Applicants who wish to enrol at the University of Music and Drama have to provide proof of entitlement (normally: “Abitur”– general/specialized higher education entrance qualification or foreign equivalent). As an exception for music studies and on request, this document might be complemented or replaced by a certificate verifying the passed entrance examination to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. Applicants also need to have completed their compulsory education or will presumably have done so before they start their studies.

Course Profile

  • Official Length of the programme: four years, 240 ECTS-credits
  • Start of the course: winter semester as well as summer semester
  • Application period: 1 October to 15 November for the summer semester. 1 March to 15 April for the winter semester.
  • University Degree: Bachelor of Music
  • Teachers

Programme Details

The various requirements of the profession have to be based on solid piano skills (playing techniques, tonal image production). Furthermore, the study programme helps to develop the ability to overlook complex notations for (piano) scores. Theoretical backgrounds will also be discussed.

The coaching of singers, the attendance of rehearsals or the practical study period in a theatre are valuable parts of the study that allow students to get an insight into their future professional work.

Basics about voice and singing are covered by the modules Language, Voice, Movement (semesters 1 – 4) and Voice and Conducting (semesters 5 – 6). Special focus is set on the common stage languages (Italian, French, and Slavic languages).

Conducting (rehearsal or conduction of ensembles, stage rehearsals) plays a key role in a répétiteur’s professional life and is therefore part of the study programme. Students also acquire basic abilities in cembalo playing. Lieder interpretation and chamber music are not only study fields that support the students’ artistic development, but they have a practice approach as well.

The mentioned fields of study can be enhanced when attending an optional module that is chosen from a module catalogue which either aim towards the refinement of artistic skills or a special qualification.

Accompaniment and coaching in music theatres, however, is always the core of the Bachelor’s course.

Leadership skills and self dependent work are crucial characteristics of a répétiteur, as well as the ability to work with partners or assistants. The Career management/music management module in semesters 7 – 8 allows students of the Bachelor’s course to prepare for the professional market.

Career perspectives

The Bachelor’s course aims towards a diversified qualification for the large field of accompaniment and coaching in conjunction with music theatre productions and performances. Other skills that are required from a répétiteur in the opera and concert business such as accompanying rehearsals, playing keyboard instruments in an orchestra or taking over stage duties are as well considered. Due to the extensive repertoire and the complexity of nowadays requirements, essential professional fields can only be studied exemplarily; the Master’s course will cover them in-depth.

Language requirements

Foreign students whose native language is not German must provide evidence that their knowledge of German is sufficient for their chosen course. 
For the Bachelor’s degree Répétiteur Opera and Musical Theatre, students are required to have reached level B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 
Applicants’ linguistic competence will be established during the aptitude test. 

You will find further information in the Aptitude Test Regulations and Matriculation Regulations (only in German) of Rostock University of Music and Drama.

Aptitude test requirements

Please apply via our application website by uploading the required documents and application video by 15th of April for the next winter semester and 15th of November for the next summer semester.
In order to take part in the aptitude test part 1, you need to submit your application as well as one or several videos according to the regulations of the study course you are applying for.

In order to take part in the aptitude test, you need to submit 3 application videos comprising the following works:

  • C. M. v. Weber: Terzett No. 9 "Wie, was, Entsetzen" from Der Freischütz 
  • G. Puccini: Madama Butterfly 1. Act, No. 37 to 44
  • a piano piece by your choice with a level of difficulty similar to a Beethoven-Sonata (approx. 10 min)

Each video has to start with a short introduction (your name, your application number, the title of the piece you are about to present). The video has to be filmed in one take and live, which means the material must not be cut or post-edited. There is no need for professional video production. Videos taken with your mobile phone are absolutely fine. However, you should be clearly visible and audible whilst playing your instrument or singing. he applicant must be fully visible in the picture with the upper body during the conducting and correpetition lecture. 

You will receive an e-mail with the results of part 1 of the aptitude test. If you have passed part 1 of the aptitude test, you will be invited to part 2 which will take place in June for the winter semester and in January for the summer semester. The exact dates will be published under apply for studies.

Requirements for the aptitude test part 2:

  • The second round of the aptitude test covers all parts of the examination that are still missing (e.g. playing at sight tasks, accordings to the hmt's aptitude test regulations ("Eignungsprüfungsordnung").  

Please prepare: 

  • G. Puccini: Quartet from the 3. Act La Bohème (from no. 30 onwards until the end of the act)
  • Otto Nicolai: Nr. 7c Duettino "Fenton! Mein Mädchen" from Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor 

You will also have to take tests in your respective compulsory subject (Music theory). Additionally, foreign students have to pass a German proficiency test. 

We are looking forward to your application.


Click here for the ONLINE APPLICATION and the dates of the APTITUDE TEST.

A fee of 50 Euro is charged for processing your application for admission. Please transfer this amount when you submit your application.

We will gladly advise you personally!

Mrs Hanka Paschedag
Study Office for Music
fon +49 381 5108 222
fax +49 381 5108 201

Prof. Christian Hammer, Head of Répétition

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