**This course has now sold out. Please write to [email protected] if you would like to be added to our waiting list.**

Course Dates & Times

Monday 29 August – Friday 2 September 2022
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. 


£565 (£525 if you book before Monday 1 August 2022 with our Early bird discount)

Course Leader

David Cowan, Head of Music, Opera North

Other coaching staff include

Matthew Eberhardt, Stage Director
Geraldine Cassidy, Vocal coach
TBC, Language coach
TBC, Movement coach
Elli Welsh, Repetiteur 
David Sulkin, Director of Artistic Development, National Opera Studio

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 five 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 at the end of the course to share with your friends and family.

You will work on one pre-prepared aria with our coaches as well as ensemble scenes. 

What will be covered in the course

  • One-to-one coaching with David Cowan on aria and scene repertoire;
  • Vocal and music coaching with leading NOS coaches;
  • Rehearsals of scenes and arias with director Matthew Eberhardt;
  • An in-house staged performance as a culmination of the course to which you can invite friends, singing teachers and family;
  • A "Next steps" sessions with NOS's Director of Artistic Development, David Sulkin;
  • 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. 

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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