Introduction from the Course Leader:

"I’m very excited to have devised and to be leading NOS’s summer short course dedicated to repetiteurs: the pianists without whom making opera wouldn’t be possible. Working in the theatre can be a hugely satisfying career – an amazing way to express yourself musically, and to work as a part of a team alongside exciting conductors and singers – and yet many pianists aren’t aware that this varied and rewarding role even exists, or could be available to them. We will tease out what makes a good repetiteur, and help you to improve your skills, under the guidance of world-class coaches. This course is aimed equally at those entirely new to repetiteur work and those who have already have some experience; we will meet you where you are, and challenge you accordingly. "

Andrew Griffiths, Head Coach and Music Consultant

Course Leaders

Andrew Griffiths, Head Coach & Music Consultant, National Opera Studio

Course Dates & Times

Tuesday 3 September – Friday 6 September 2024
10.30-17.30 each day

Who is it for?

  • Experienced pianists interested in exploring operatic repertoire.
  • Solo pianists who would like to dip a toe into collaborating with singers
  • Song accompanists considering moving into operatic repertoire, OR
  • Someone who already has some experience working in a theatrical setting, but who wants to broaden and deepen their skills

Course description

This short course is designed for pianists interested in exploring the wonderful world of opera. You may be a solo pianist who would like to dip a toe into collaborating with singers, a song accompanist considering moving into operatic repertoire, or someone who already has some experience working in a theatrical setting, but who wants to broaden and deepen their skills. The course is led by Andrew Griffiths, the National Opera Studio’s Head Coach & Music Consultant, who has worked as a conductor and pianist at all six of the UK’s leading opera companies. Over four days, you will be guided in the various facets of the rewarding and varied role of repetiteur, including how to make a piano sound like an orchestra, how to coach a singer, how to follow a conductor, and how to accompany recitative.

 The course will include:

  • Understanding what a repetiteur is, and what skills and qualities they need
  • Multiple individual coaching sessions in a masterclass setting (1 tutor per 4 participants)
  • Repertoire sessions in a group setting, exploring drama, characterization, gesture, pacing and more
  • Hands-on sessions on accompanying secco recitative (1 tutor per 4 participants)
  • Guided coaching: after watching the course leaders coach singers, participants will have the opportunity to coach singers themselves under the guidance of NOS tutors, and receive constructive feedback.
  • Discussion of how to approach accompanied recitative, including conducting

    Number of places:



    • You must be at least 18 years old by the start of the course
    • You will be an accomplished pianist with an interest in exploring operatic repertoire. Prior experience of working in opera is not required, though applications are nonetheless encouraged from those who already have some practical experience; tuition and coaching will be tailored accordingly.


    £450 (£420 early bird - closes 31 May)

    Payment plans available (50% deposit to secure your place on the course. Remaining money to be paid by two weeks before the course)

      Booking before 1 June (Early Bird) Booking between 1 June - 19 August (Full Price) Booking after 20 August (Full Price)
    First Payment 1-31 May: £210 1 June - 19 August: £225 £450
    Second Payment By 20 August: £210 By 20 August: £225

    Booking procedure:

    Within one week of receiving your 50% deposit, we will send you an email with a Booking Form.

    We will then send a payment link for the remaining payment to be paid by two weeks before the start of the course.  

    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.

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