School of Vocal Studies and Opera – Audition Requirements

Your audition will last 20 minutes, with an additional 10-minute warm-up.

You may already demonstrate a high level of technical proficiency, musicality, confidence and communication in your performance, but at audition we’re also looking for singers and repetiteurs with natural talent, curiosity and a desire to train to be a professional.

Undergraduate and postgraduate singers should prepare three songs or arias which you are happy to perform from memory. In addition, we’ll also ask you to present a short spoken passage in Standard English, allowing us to assess your awareness of pitch, pace, energy, resonance and so on. For those auditioning to be an RNCM repetiteur, you’ll need to prepare three pieces, details of which are outlined below.

All auditions include a short sight-reading test, after which the panel will ask some general questions in order to get to know you a little more and to assess your suitability for the course. To help you prepare, typical interview questions might include: Why did you choose this repertoire? Why would you like to study here (take a good look at the course first)? And what is the last concert or performance you attended?

While you’re at the College, undergraduate applicants will be asked to complete a short multiple choice test lasting around 45 minutes. This will take place on site and is designed to help us understand more about your knowledge of music theory, general musicianship and contextual awareness. The test isn’t pass or fail, but results may be used in cases where a decision is difficult to reach on the basis of the practical audition alone.

Full audition requirements for singers and repetieurs are outlined via the menu below, but if you’ve any queries please email info@rncm.ac.uk or call 0161 907 5465.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Singers

Please prepare THREE pieces of your own choice totalling no more than 12 minutes and contrasting in period and style, to be sung from memory. You will be asked to choose the first piece and the panel will select a second.

It’s important that the pieces you choose are ones you’re happy to perform. They shouldn’t test you too much technically and you should ensure that you have a level of accuracy in pronunciation if they are written in a language which is not your native tongue.

You will also be asked to present a short spoken passage in Standard English which can be either prose or a poem, or, indeed, a piece from a newspaper. This is to assess your spoken voice, to see whether you are aware of pitch, pace, energy, resonance and so on, rather than to test your memory.

Your audition will also include a short sight-reading test and informal interview with the panel, where they hope to get to know you a little more and assess your suitability for the course.

Repetiteurs (Postgraduate only)

Please prepare, of your own choice, ONE piano solo (five minutes maximum) from the Early Romantic or Romantic period, and TWO operatic excerpts (10 minutes maximum) containing more than one character (sing in vocal parts optional). You will also be required to sight-read a selection of operatic repertoire.

Additionally, your audition will include an informal interview with the panel, where they hope to get to know you a little more and assess your suitability to the course.



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