Many NOS-trained singers have gone on to build successful careers at an international level.
A considerable number of NOS-trained repetiteurs now work on the music staff of opera companies. These include Richard Farnes (Music Director, Opera North), Martin Fitzpatrick (Head of Music, English National Opera), Russell Moreton (Head of Music, Welsh National Opera), Steven Naylor (Director of Artistic Administration, Glyndebourne) and Jonathan Nott
(Principal Conductor, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra).
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"The operatic world makes rigorous demands on its singers, requiring extremely high standards and vocal stamina. It requires tremendous self-discipline and application to survive working conditions, which are sometimes less than ideal, and perilously short rehearsal periods, which leave a performer vulnerable and exposed. All singers need luck in order to succeed, but they must be technically, artistically and mentally prepared so as to take advantage when fortune presents an opportunity. The intensive, advanced one-year course at the National Opera Studio, with its high quality coaching and the continuous pressure of learning new repertoire in a professional atmosphere, provides an invaluable preparation for any young singer venturing into the exacting world of opera".
"Fifteen years ago I won 2nd Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition. At the awards ceremony, one of the judges casually observed that, as a bass, I had 20 years to wait before reaching vocal maturity. That same year, I began my studies at the NOS. In the circumstances, it seemed as good a way as any of passing time... I couldn't have guessed how good a way it would prove to be. My fellow students and I were the recipients of superb vocal and launguage coaching, of invaluable lessons in stagecraft, masterclasses from top singers and directors, and a platform on which to show what we could do, or what we might be capable of doing, even if it might take one of us 20 years to get there! 15 down... only 5 to go...!"
"I would not be where I am today were it not for the great start I was given at the National Opera Studio. It is the unsung hero of opera in Britain - an incredible place, staffed by extraordinary people, achieving wonderful things. The unique experience of training at the National Opera Studio is the greatest gift you can give a young singer".