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

The deadline for singers to apply for our 2022/23 Programme has now passed.  If you're interested in applying for our 2023/24 Programme, details will be on this page in October 2022.

For further information about our 2022/23 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 2022/23 Young Artists' Programme is full-time and runs from September 2022 to June 2023. 

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 operatic 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 singers applying to the Young Artists' Programme.

> Key dates for auditions and applications
> Audition process and structure
> References
> Application process and fees
> Repertoire
> Accompanists
> Cancellation and rescheduling
> Eligibility
> Funding and living in London
> Support and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Key dates for auditions and applications

Applications open: Monday 1 November 2021

Applications close: Thursday 13 January 2022 at 11:59pm

Deadline for submitting references: Thursday 20 January 2022

First Round video results: Wednesday 16 February 2022

Second and Final Round auditions: Thursday 31 March to Saturday 2 April 2022


Audition process and structure

The First Round for the new intake of 2022 will be by video selection. The First Round panel will be made up of at least two members of the NOS Artistic Team, and at least one member of the artistic staff of one of our six partner opera companies on each day. The panel will consist of a minimum of three people. 

From these, up to 45 candidates will be chosen for the second and final round audition taking place during Thursday 31 March to Saturday 2 April 2022.

Final round auditions will take place at the Studio in front of a panel made up of the NOS Artistic Team and representatives from each of our six partner opera companies: English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera. The panel will consist of a minimum of nine people. Candidates will be auditioned and then interviewed.

If the applicant is unable to attend the final round audition in person, exceptions may be made to carry out the audition via Zoom. 

Further information will be provided closer to the time. A further fee of £55 will be required to cover all aspects of the second and final audition process.


Application process and fees

The First Round of auditions will be by video submission, and you will be asked to submit your recordings by 11:59pm on Thursday 13 January 2022. All applications must be submitted using YAP Tracker and there will be a fee of £25 which will include the submission of your first round video audition. Find out more about video audition requirements and submitting your videos here

Your videos will be viewed by our panel from as early as Monday 31 January 2022, with results released on Wednesday 16 February 2022.

Should you be invited for the Second and Final Round audition period, there will be a further fee of £55, which will cover all aspects of the Second and Final Round audition process. This fee will need to be paid in full by Thursday 24 March 2022 in order to confirm your audition place. 

Please note that you may start your application at any time after applications open, and can come back to it as often as you like until the application deadline date of 13 January 2022. Your application will only be accepted after you have uploaded your videos, paid your application fee and submitted your application.



Your references should be written by music or theatre professionals but not your current or former singing teacher(s). When completing the application form on YAP Tracker, you should enter the details of two referees. The website will then automatically send an email to each referee asking them to upload their recommendations directly to the website. References cannot be accepted in any other way.

Your references must be submitted by the deadline of Thursday 20 January 2022.

You, as the applicant, are responsible for ensuring that your application is supported with references.



For the first round, you must submit at least three audition pieces, of which:

all should be opera (no song or oratorio);

at least two languages should be represented;

at least one should be in English;

at least one should be from a contemporary opera (post-1980).

You may, if you wish, record additional arias (up to a maximum of five audition pieces). You are welcome to bring a post-1980 English aria.


Accompanists for the live round audition

The NOS will provide a highly qualified and experienced accompanist for the Second and Final Round live audition process. You will not be able to bring your own pianist for your live audition or for any warm-up or practice time. This is for the sake of consistency and to serve all applicants to the best of our ability, equally and without prejudice.

Please make sure you have a copy of all of your audition music prepared for the accompanist before you arrive at the NOS.


Cancellation and rescheduling

First Round Application and video auditions

There will be no refund of the £25 application fee after a submitted application has been made on YAP Tracker.

Second and Final Round live auditions

Should you need to cancel your Second and Final Round live audition following payment of the £55 fee, you must do so by emailing [email protected] at your earliest convenience. 

If an audition is cancelled on or before Thursday 17 March, the NOS will refund £30 of the audition fee to allow for costs incurred through YAP Tracker and administrative time. After Thursday 17 March, the audition fee will be non-refundable.

If you are unavailable in person for any of the workshops, interviews or coaching sessions but are able to attend the final audition, we will make every effort to hold some or all of these sessions via Zoom. If you need to reschedule your audition time, please email [email protected]. If it is possible to accommodate your request, we will do so at no extra cost to you. 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.



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 (Global Talent Visa- Exceptional Promise), 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. 

From 1 January 2021, EU citizens who do not have settled status in the UK or any other right to remain in the UK will now need to apply for a Global Talent Visa in order to take up a place at the NOS.

For more information and the application process for a Global Talent Visa, please visit

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 proficiency in English 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 the nine months’ duration of the Programme. As the Programme is full-time, 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 (visas).

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 travelling 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 questions about your application which isn’t answered in our FAQs, please email [email protected]If you require technical support with your YAP Tracker application, please email [email protected].


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Photographed by Roger Way