School of Vocal Studies and Opera – Audition Requirements

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.

For 2022 entry, undergraduates and postgraduates are required to submit their Stage 1 recorded audition via Acceptd, no later the Friday 29 October. If successful at Stage 1, you may be invited to share more of your personality and discuss your current work and future aspirations via an additional performance and/or interview. You can choose to attend Stage 2 in person at the RNCM, but online options are also available for anyone who would prefer not to travel.

BMus applicants are also required to complete an online test as part of the process. This is because academic studies is a key component of your degree and we want to ensure that you’re in a position to thrive from the outset. The multiple choice test isn’t pass or fail, but the results do tell us about your knowledge of music theory, general musicianship and contextual awareness.

Full audition requirements are outlined below, but if you’ve any queries please email admissions@rncm.ac.uk or call 0161 907 5465.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Singers

Stage 1 (Recorded)

Please select THREE pieces of your own choice totalling no more than 12 minutes, contrasting in period and style to be sung from memory. Please introduce each piece by giving only the title and composer. (Please also list your three pieces in your Acceptd application.)

You must also prepare and present a short spoken passage in English which can be either prose or poetry, or, indeed, an extract from a newspaper article. This is to assess your spoken voice, to see whether you are aware of pitch, pace, energy, resonance and so on. You do not need to perform this from memory.

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.

Repetiteurs (Postgraduate only)

Stage 1 (Recorded)

Please prepare, of you 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).

Your submission should also include a two-minute introduction (either as a separate video or as part of your main audition recording), outlining who you are, why you would like to study with us, and a little about the repertoire you’re playing.

Stage 2 (In Person or Online)

Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to undertake a live audition at the RNCM. Please choose something that you think best demonstrates your skills and ability.

This Stage will also include an interview, where the panel would like to learn a little more about you and your future aspirations.

If travel isn’t possible, you can opt to complete Stage 2 online, via Zoom.


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