You can choose to take the audition at several levels of the Academy:
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 an easy German text to be sung with accompaniment. The applicant will have 40 minutes to prepare the secunda vista task. The applicant is allowed to bring a German dictionary. You can see an example of the secunda vista task here.
3rd test: Sight reading
Sight reading of one of the more easy vocal compositions with accompaniment (with or without text). You can see an example of the prima vista task here.
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.
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 application must include a motivation letter (max. a half page), and a recommendation from a relevant professional.
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 modern work, that includes either atonality, graphic notation, enhanced vocal technique or improvised elements
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. The entrance examination can end with a five-minute conversation about the applicant's motivation for applying, career considerations, etc.. The conversation does not affect the grade but is used for mutual matching of expectations about the education.
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.
Form, content and assessment of the examination
The entrance examination consists of a principal study audition, which is taken in two rounds. If you apply for the specialisation Soloist Artistic Research or Soloist with teaching qualifications (advanced level), there will also be a third round in your chosen specialisation. You can read about the different specialisations and the content of the entrance exams here.
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 second round ends with a five-minute conversation about the applicant's motivation for applying, career considerations, etc.. The conversation does not affect the grade but is used for mutual matching of expectations about the education.
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 include either atonality, graphic notation, enhanced vocal technique or improvised elements.
- 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.
Co-operation with the Royal Theatre
Study programmes at the Opera Academy are provided in co-operation with The Royal Theatre.
The Opera Academy provide two programmes a Master's Programme in Voice, Specialising in Opera and an Advanced Postgraduate (soloist) Programme in the form of a Young Artist Programme.
Master's Programme in Voice, Specialising in Opera
Form and content of the entrance examination
Please note, that at the moment it is only possible for EU/EEA citizens to apply for admission on this programme.
The Opera Academy has its own website, where you can read more about the admissions procedure for the Master's Programme.
The entrance examinations are held on 6 and 7 February 2021. Please note, that all applicants must attend the entrance examinations live in Copenhagen.
You find the application form here.
Young Artist Programme
Form and content of the entrance examination
The Young Artist Programme is a new education. At the moment it is only possible for EU/EEA citizens to apply for admission on this programme.
If you are not an EU/EEA citizen, and you are interessted in the programme, you can write an email to head of studies Eva Hess Thaysen and hear about your possibilities.
Application deadline: 13 October 2020.
Application to be uploaded on the admission site must include:
Video of two arias
Recommendation(s) from educational institution(s) or professional collaborator(s)
Curriculum Vitae including information on education and prior professional experience
A list of five arias, representing a minimum of two different languages and two different stylistic periods, one recitative in Italian, and a monologue in the applicants mother tongue to be performed at the live-audition.
Documentation of a Master education in classical singing
The entrance exam: procedure and assessment
The entrance exam has three rounds.
The jury grades the first round with “pass or fail”. If you pass, you will be invited for the second round.
The jury grades the performance in the second round with “pass or fail”. If you pass, you will be invited for the third round.
The entrance exams are held at The Opera in Copenhagen on 28 and 29 November 2020.
The first round of the entrance exam
The first round of the entrance exam consists of an assessment of the applicant’s qualifications based on the material submitted in the application.
The second round of the entrance exam
The second round of the entrance exam consists of a live audition in which the applicant sings a recitative in Italian and an aria from the repertoire list of his/her own choice. The jury then chooses one aria from the applicant’s repertoire list to be performed consecutively, and finally the applicant performs the monologue.
The second round takes place on one of the stages at The Royal Opera. The second round is graded with “pass or fail”.
The third round of the entrance exam
The third round of the entrance exam consists of dramatic improvisation with a director and musical instruction with a conductor/coach, and concludes with a conversation with the jury about expectations to the study programme.
The third round is assessed with one grade from the currently applicable marking scale.