Voice students

Voice and Opera

You can choose to take the audition at several levels of the Academy:

BACHELOR PROGRAMME

The entrance examination consists of the following elements:

Principal study (duration: 30 minutes incl. assessment)

A list of repertoire for the entrance examination must be enclosed with the application form. The audition in the principal study consists of these three tests:

1st test: Set/self-chosen tasks, etudes, scales (duration: 15-20 minutes)

The applicant must present:

  • 1 aria
  • 1 German lied
  • 1 song by a Danish composer with Danish text
  • 2 pieces chosen by the applicant

The pieces mentioned must be sung entirely by heart.

2nd test: Set task

A secunda vista task with German text to be sung with accompaniment. The applicant will have 40 minutes to prepare the secunda vista task. 

3rd test: Sight reading

Sight reading of one of the more easy vocal compositions with accompaniment (with or without text).

Assessment

3 separate marks are awarded according to the 7 point grading scale. 1 in each of the above-mentioned test. The test will be passed succesfully, only if the applicant has achieved a minimum mark of 02 in the principal subject examination. If the applicant passes the principal study audition, he or she then takes further examinations in supporting subjects. These examinations are identical for all Bachelor programmes.

Additional tests for voice applicants

Based on the secund vista assigment, the censors will assess whether or not the applicant needs to acquire further knowledge of German before commencing his/her studies. The applicant will be informed of the censors' assessment before the final marks. Danish applicants are advised to acquire knowledge of German corresponding to a C level in high school.

If the applicant is admitted to the bachelor programme in singing, the student is summoned to an ear, nose and throat examination by the Academy's doctor.

Master's programme

The entrance examination consists of an audition in the principal study. The examination requirements apply equally to applicants who already attend the Academy and wish to take a quota test for the Master's programme.

The applicant must perform:

  • One opera/oratotium aria
  • One recitativo
  • One song/romanza by a Danish composer with Danish lyrics
  • One lied with French, German or English lyrics
  • One work composed after 1970

The rest of the programme is to be chosen freely by the applicant. The programme for the entrance examination must include works in four different languages.

Duration of the entrance examination max. 20 minutes (30 minutes including assessment).

The entrance examination is censured by two internal censors and a grade is awarded according to the 7 point grading scale.

Additional tests for voice applicants

If the applicant is admitted to the bachelor programme in singing, the student is summoned to an ear, nose and throat examination by the Academy's doctor. This does not apply the applicants already attending the Academy.

Advanced postgraduate (soloist) programme

Form, content and assessment of the examination

The entrance examination consists of a principal study audition, which is taken in two rounds.

In the first round, you will be asked to perform a programme of 20 minutes' duration. An admissions committee will award the performance the grade of "pass/fail".

If you pass the first round, you will continue to the second round, which will be held as quickly as possible after the first round. The two rounds may be held on different days.

In the second round, you will be asked to perform a programme of 30 minutes' duration. The performance will be assessed according to the seven-point scale by the adminissions commitee.

Repertoire for the examination

The applicant chooses the repertoire, always subject, however, to the following rules:

  • Together the works performed at the two rounds must cover at least 4 different stylistic periods.
  • At least 4 different languages must be represented in the repertoire performed.
  • At least one work must be of recent date.
  • At least one of the works which at the examination must be performed with piano, must be written for voice and orchestra/chamber ensemble (e.g. a concerto aria by Mozart, an orchestral song by Mahler or Strauss, arias from operas, passions, or oratorios).
  • Performing the same work at both rounds is not allowed.

THE OPERA ACADEMY

A deposit must be paid before taking the examination

There is no deposit for applicants for the study year 2015-16 (this is an experiment).

Co-operation with the Royal Theatre

The soloist programme at the Opera Academy is provided in co-operation with The Royal Theatre

Danish translations

The Royal Theatre has Danish translations of many operas performed at the theatre, and the music library has vocal scores with the Danish text. For use at your audition you can obtain copies of recitatives/arias with the Danish text by filling in certain form. Please download the form here (pdf).

Form and content of the entrance examination

The Opera Academy has its own website, where you can read more about the admissions procedure.