Master's degree in opera singing
The Major Specialism module (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul”, semesters 1– 4) provides the core of the Master’s course.
Opera Score Studies as well as Lieder Interpretation, Operetta or Musical (elective) are the main parts of the Key Module (“Schwerpunktmodul”, semesters 1– 4) that interacts with the major. Acting and Stagecraft (“Darstellung und Dramaturgie”, semesters 1– 4) is a module that expands upon the students’ acting skills on a musical theatre stage and the study of opera scores.
The module Applied Music Theory and Musicology (“Angewandte Musiktheorie und Musikwissenschaft”, semesters 1–2) emphasises scientific elements of the study course.
As a further aspect of the study programme, students continue their speech training building upon the knowledge that has been acquired during the previous Bachelor’s programme. Speech training is part of the module Major-related Techniques (“Hauptfachbegleitende Techniken”, semesters 1–2) that also comprises performance techniques and an additional subject which is elected by each student.
During the 3rd and the 4th semester, students choose one module out of a module catalogue to either refine their artistic skills (for instance Early or Contemporary Music) or to specialise (for instance Elementary Music Education).
- Official Length of the programme: two years, 120 ECTS-credits
- Start of the course: winter semester as well as summer semester
- Application period: 1 October to 1 December for the summer semester. | 1 March to 1 May for the winter semester.
- University Degree: Master of Music
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The study programme has been designed for Bachelor’s graduates (or equivalent degree) who stand out through artistic excellence and wish to specialize in stage singing. It enhances the artistic competence gained during the Bachelor’s course. The focus is on opera parts studies and stage performing. Master’s graduates usually aim for an engagement as soloist or choir singer at a theatre.
Foreign students whose native language is not German must provide evidence that their knowledge of German is sufficient for their chosen course.
For the Master’s degree (Orchestra), 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.
We have altered our conditions for the aptitude test due to the current COVID-19 crisis.
In order to take part in the aptitude test, please upload a single uncut video recording.
The video recording must comprise
- 3 arias from different eras/languages, including a German aria. (Video play time: max. 15 min.)
The performance can be with or without a répétiteur.
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 singing.
You will receive further information how and where to upload the videos till 17.05.2021. All videos have to be uploaded till 27.05.2021! So please prepare your video material already now!
If the board of examiners decides that your application should advance to the next round, you will be invited till 15.06.2021.
You will also have to take tests in your respective compulsory subjects (music theory and ear training, piano).
Applicants for the Master’s degree course in opera singing must prepare the following for audition:
- One complete opera role of at least moderate proportions
- Six operatic arias, if possible with recitative, from at least three different eras
The works must be performed in the original language; at least three languages must be represented.
One aria must date from the Baroque era and one from the 20th century or later. At least one aria must be staged.
Duration: at least 20 minutes
Additionally, foreign students have to pass a German proficiency test.
We look forward to your application.
A fee of 50 Euro is charged for processing your application for admission. Please transfer this amount when you submit your application.
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