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RCM Opera Studio

RCM singers in a production of Laura Poe's Fermi Paradox

The Royal College of Music Opera Studio is one of the leading advanced training courses in the world. It offers operatic training at the highest level for performers from around the globe. Many of the world’s leading singers have passed through our doors.

As part of an elite and carefully constituted group of exceptionally talented young singers, each student will benefit from rigorous training, sensitive to their individual needs and responsive to the demands of the profession. Our students regularly work with a team of coaches, musicians and theatre professionals drawn from the senior ranks of the country’s leading opera companies, and perform in acclaimed productions in the first-class Britten Theatre.

The RCM’s approach to operatic training focuses on replicating professional conditions, to ensure a seamless transition into the working world. There are three RCMOS opera productions each year and two sets of fully staged opera scenes in the Britten Theatre. You will have the benefit of rehearsing and performing with highly experienced, influential industry professionals, who occupy key posts at the great opera houses of Europe and beyond.

In addition to receiving regular core training you will gain unique artistic and professional insights through mentorship by internationally renowned artists including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, David Pountney and Alessandro Corbelli. You will work with key industry leaders, performance psychologists and the Centre for Performance Science to assist you in taking full responsibility for the development of your professional career.

The RCM’s annual programme of events includes a popular Opera Scenes series, providing singers with additional opportunity to work with professional directors in the production of semi-staged scenes accompanied by piano.

Every year the RCM Opera Studio presents a number of innovative projects, including a regular collaboration with production company Tête-a-Tête and acclaimed director Bill Bankes-Jones, in which mini operas by RCM students are premiered.

Mozart, Marriage of Figaro

Enjoy a full performance by the RCM Opera Studio of one of Mozart's best loved operas, directed by esteemed alumnus Sir Thomas Allen

Recent productions

Trouble in Tahiti & A Dinner Engagement (Summer 2019)

Michael Rosewell conductor
Stephen Unwin director
Nicky Shaw designer
Ralph Stockeld lighting designer

In Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, we lift the curtain on the American dream and 1950s suburbia with a seven-scene sneak peak into the marriage of brash capitalist Sam and his frustrated housewife, Dinah. Meanwhile, in Berkley's A Dinner Engagement, Lord and Lady Dunmow have fallen on hard times, struggling to keep up appearances for some important dinner guests.

This double-bill production was made possible with the assistance of the Basil Coleman Bequest.

A scene from the RCM's production of A Dinner Engagement

Robinson Crusoe (Spring 2019)

Michael Rosewell conductor
Bill Bankes-Jones director
Sarah Jones designer

A sparkling cast of RCM singers took audiences on a tuneful treasure hunt filled with swashbuckling sea songs and maritime melodies, as the RCM Opera Studio marked the 200th birthday of Jacques Offenbach with a performance of his immensely fun operetta, Robinson Crusoe.

A scene from the RCM's production of Robinson Crusoe

Le nozze di Figaro (August 2018)

Sir Thomas Allen director
Michael Rosewell conductor
Lottie Higlett designer
Rory Beaton lighting designer

Esteemed baritone and RCM alumnus Sir Thomas Allen returned to direct a rousing performance of Mozart's much-loved comic opea, The Marriage of Figaro. Composed in 1786, it has all the ingredients of a modern rom com – love, revenge and deception – as courtship turns to chaos.

A scene from the RCM's production of Le nozze di Figaro

Past productions

The Lighthouse & In the Locked Room (Summer 2018)

Stephen Unwin director
Michael Rosewell conductor
Hannah Wolfe designer

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Spring 2018)

Liam Steel director
Michael Rosewell conductor
Michael Pavelka designer
Andy Purves lighting designer

The Cunning Little Vixen (Autumn 2017)

Daniel Slater director
Michael Rosewell conductor
Alex Berry designer
Hannah Wolfe costume designer

Une éducation manquée & Les mamelles de Tirésias (Summer 2017)

Stephen Unwin director
Michael Rosewell conductor
Neil Warmington designer
Ben Ormerod lighting designer