The National Opera Studio is committed to ensuring the safety of all those who come through our doors.  As such, we are paying very close attention to the guidance coming out of the UK government at this time and have taken steps to ensure that the Studio remains a safe space for all Young Artists, Staff and visitors. 

As the course approaches, we shall continue to take into account our Covid rules and government advice and adhere to the most up-to-date guidance. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us: [email protected]

**This course has now sold out** If you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please email [email protected]

Introduction from the Course Leader:

"I am very excited to be leading the Exploring Opera short course this summer for the National Opera Studio. This vibrant course revolves around singers at the beginning of their careers and also those who have always longed to immerse themselves in an opera course and never got the chance.

Over the past year, music and the arts have become even more important for people all over the world. For professionals and non-professionals alike, immersion in music takes us out of other worries and allows us the space to engage our imagination and feed our mental well-being.  I am so looking forward to bringing the participants on this course together to share a common love of opera, immersing themselves in singing, acting and performing with like-minded peers."

Dearbhla Collins, NOS Assistant Head of Music

Course Dates & Times

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 August 2021
10.30-17.30 each day

Who is it for?

  • Singers about to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, however you will not have studied on a postgraduate opera course OR
  • Those singing to a reasonably high level and have always longed to immerse themselves in an opera course. 


£505 (£475 if you book before 26 July 2021 with our Early bird discount)

Course Leader

Dearbhla Collins, NOS Assistant Head of Music

Other coaching staff include

John Ramster, Director of Stagecraft
Della Jones, international mezzo-soprano and vocal coach
Karen Halliday, movement
Aeron Preston and Bradley Wood, repetiteurs

Course description

Our Exploring Opera short course is an introductory course for singers keen to learn the key skills to perform opera. It is perfectly suited for singers either at the beginning of their careers about to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or those who have chosen another career path but still sing to a reasonably high level and have always longed to immerse themselves in an opera course but never got the chance. 

Over six days, you will participate in individual and ensemble coaching sessions addressing both musical and vocal matters, workshops on stagecraft and movement, and production rehearsals with fellow course members, building to a final performance on the Saturday to share with your friends and family.

You will also gain valuable tips and advice on careers in opera and singing, building to a portfolio of work and communicating with confidence through your CV, social media and other media.

The course is led by Dearbhla Collins, NOS's Assistant Head of Music, who is a successful international song recital pianist and vocal coach, performing regularly in the Wigmore Hall and festivals in Ireland and Europe and is the vocal coach at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.

What will be covered in the course

  • One-to-one coaching with Dearbhla Collins on aria and scene repertoire;
  • Vocal and music coaching with leading NOS coaches;
  • Rehearsals of scenes and arias with director John Ramster;
  • Acting classes with John Ramster;
  • Movement with Karen Halliday;
  • An in-house performance as a culmination of the course to which you can invite friends, singing teachers and family;
  • Career guidance and CV improvement sessions with NOS staff;
  • Feedback from our coaching staff to take you forward to your next stage of training;
  • Coaching and rehearsal time with our repetiteurs to work on your repertoire;
  • Language coaching as suitable for the repertoire being studied;

Also included:

  • Access to the NOS Opera Library;
  • Access to our suite of practice rooms.

Number of places:



  • You must be at least 18 years old by the start of the course
  • You will have studied singing to a reasonably high level
  • You are not already studying on an opera course at a music conservatoire

Booking procedure:

Within one week of receiving your payment, we will send you an email with a Booking Form. This form will be reviewed by NOS, after which we will confirm your place.

By booking for a National Opera Studio short course, you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.

Please note each participant will need to organise their own accommodation during the course.

© Header image: Malcolm Johnson - NOS Young Artists at Opera North

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