Thank you for your interest in applying for the National Opera Studio's Young Artists' Programme.

The deadline for repetiteurs to apply for our 2021/22 Programme has now passed. Any applications received after Friday 5 March will not be accepted.  If you're interested in applying for our 2022/23 Programme, details will be on this page in October 2021.

For further information about our 2021/22 Young Artists' Programme, including audition dates and processes, explore the information below.

If you have a question about your application which isn’t answered below or in our FAQs, please email [email protected]

The 2021-22 Young Artists' Programme is full-time and runs from September 2021 to June 2022.

There is no upper age limit for applying to the NOS. However, applicants are reminded that the Young Artists' Programme is very intensive and is intended to benefit extremely gifted singers and repetiteurs who are at the beginning of their professional careers. Although it is not a formal requirement, applicants are expected to have significant performance experience and to have been training, in some form, for a number of years.

Please click on the relevant links below to explore the application and audition process for repetiteurs applying to the Young Artists' Programme. 

> Coronavirus
> Key dates for auditions and applications
> Application form and references
> Audition fee
> Audition allocation
> Cancellation and rescheduling
> Audition structure and repertoire
> Feedback
> Eligibility 
> Funding and living in London
> Support and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



While at the present time we hope to hold live auditions, this will depend on government guidance at the time and we may have to make alternative arrangements. Please keep a close eye on our website for updates and be aware of changing circumstances in London and the UK.

We have an obligation to all those who come through our doors to provide a safe environment. Please see the National Opera Studio website for our risk assessment and Covid-Secure procedures, which will be subject to change.

Key dates for auditions and applications

Applications close: 11.59pm on Friday 5 March 2021

First Round auditions: From Monday 29 to 31 March 2021

Second (Final) Round auditions: Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 April 2021


Application form and references

To apply, you must download and complete an Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Both of these forms should be returned by email to [email protected]. (If you need to post your application form, make sure you leave enough time for it to reach the National Opera Studio by the deadline.)

Your application form will ask you for the details of two referees. Your referees should be music or theatre professionals (for example, directors, agents, established singers, accompanists, heads of music colleges) but not your current or former piano teacher(s). We will only contact your referees if you are invited to a final round audition.


Audition fee

As part of your application you will be required to pay an audition fee of £80. Once we have received your application form, we will get in touch with you to request payment of the fee. You will be able to pay over the phone using a debit or credit card, or you may complete a BACS transfer into the National Opera Studio’s account.


Audition allocation

All repetiteurs applying to the National Opera Studio are given a live First Round audition. Once you have applied and paid your audition fee, you will be allocated a First Round audition.


Cancellation and rescheduling

Should you need to cancel or reschedule your audition, you must do so by emailing [email protected] as soon as possible.

If you cancel your audition before Friday 13 March 2020, the NOS will refund £50 of the application fee to allow for costs incurred through administrative time. The audition fee will be non-refundable after this time.

If you need to reschedule your audition, we will do our best to accommodate your request at no extra cost to you. However, please note that we cannot offer audition times outside of the audition dates stated. If it is impossible for us to reschedule your audition, you must either keep your original time or cancel, in which case the NOS will be under no obligation to refund your audition fee.


Audition structure and repertoire

The audition will take place at the National Opera Studio and will last between 30 and 45 minutes.

You will need to prepare two scenes from contrasting operas. Both scenes should involve at least two characters. You will be asked to play whilst singing in the vocal lines.

You will also be given an extract to sight-read and the opportunity to discuss your career plans with the panel.

If you are successful in the First Round audition, you will be notified within one week and invited to a Final Round audition, taking place in the week commencing 06 April 2020.



Neither verbal nor written feedback will be given after the First Round. In the interest of fairness and owing to the high number of First Round auditions that take place, this is a rule which applies to all First Round auditionees, and we are unable to make any exceptions.

Written feedback will be offered to all unsuccessful Final Round auditionees within one calendar month of the results notification.



If you do not hold a valid UK passport, you should be aware that the Home Office/UK Border Agency has rigorous conditions that need to be met before the necessary visas will be issued. Without such visas, you will not be able to come to the National Opera Studio. Please note that currently only Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent), Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) and UK Family Visas are currently accepted for study at the National Opera Studio. Please see our Visas page for more information. 

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and the effects that this will have on EU citizens’ freedom of movement and any potential visa requirements to train in the UK.  We will be updating this page with clarification of this position, as soon as it becomes known.

It is vital that all applicants accepted onto our Young Artists’ Programme have a good command of the English language. We reserve the right to request proof of your English proficiency and, if necessary, ask you to sit a test.


Funding and living in London

Young Artists do not pay fees to train at the National Opera Studio. The cost of training is generously covered by NOS donors, supporters and stakeholders. However, successful applicants will be expected to cover the cost of living in London for nine months during the Young Artists' Programme. As the Programme is full-time 5 days a week, it is very difficult for Young Artists to undertake regular paid employment. Your ability to undertake paid employment may also be affected by your residency status.

The NOS has a limited Bursary Fund which is available to those in need of financial assistance. Upon a formal offer of a place, NOS Chief Executive Emily Gottlieb will discuss eligibility.

We regret that we are unable to offer financial support for travel to and from NOS auditions.


Support and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQs) about auditions and applications are available here.

If you have a question about your application which isn’t answered in the FAQs, please email [email protected]