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 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]

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Introduction from the Course Leader:

"Nothing excites me more – as a course leader – than when an artist begins, with panache, to integrate the three key skills of a fully-fledged opera singer. Those skills are vocal technique, a responsive and confident physical relationship between mind and body, and the ability to interpret a role as an effective actor. Our one-week together will enable all artist/participants to create their own toolboxes to hold new or refreshed skills. You will be able to identify exactly how to develop further as a complete singer and we shall provide advice, guidance and signposting on what to do next…since new techniques cannot be fully mastered in a week.  

Supporting your existing collection of artistic skills we will sharpen your enquiring mind, encourage a strong imagination and confidence to use your personal, rich experience to support character building. Directors usually want to work with singers who are not only excellent collaborators but also bring vivid ideas and are willing to try new and different ideas, in rehearsals. Interestingly, ensemble collaboration is the most creative way of working and although we’ll only have a week together, we will aim to invoke the ensemble feeling and help you to make the group an artistic collective.

If you are open to trying new ways of approaching a role, collaborating and experimenting then this course is for you."

David Sulkin, NOS Director of Artist Development

Course Dates & Times

Monday 19 – Friday 23 July 2021
10.30-17.30 each day

Who is it for?

Postgraduate level or professional singers of all voice types who want to progress through an intensive burst of concentrated learning.


£565 (£525 if you book before 21 June 2021 with our Early bird discount)

Course Leader

David Sulkin, NOS Director of Artist Development

Other coaching staff include

Della Jones, Vocal Coach
Joseph Alford, Physical Theatre and Physical Skills Specialist
Seb Harcombe, Stanislavsky Specialist
Kate Maravan, Meisner Technique Specialist
Repetiteurs/Coaches from the NOS talent pool

Course description

There is an increasing demand that as well as being excellent musicians, opera singers are also outstanding actors. Our Stagecraft in Opera short course will provide a basis to explore committed and high-quality singing combined with a meticulous exploration of stagecraft.

The course will provide participants with a toolbox of acting techniques to help them survive in any rehearsal where the director and conductor are calling for authentic singing and authentic acting. 

The course will lay equal stress on musical and dramatic preparation, on both individual characterisation and working as a team.  In order to cover a great deal of ground in a week, each day will be meticulously planned with a demanding schedule. 

There will be a chance to show your work at the end of the course to an invited audience. 

What will be covered in the course

  • Vocal and music coaching with leading NOS coaches;
  • An in-house performance as a culmination of the course;
  • 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 available:

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

Number of places:



  • You must have, or be studying for, a postgraduate-level degree or diploma in singing, OR
  • Be singing professionally

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.

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

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

© Header image: Malcolm Johnson - NOS at Opera North

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