School of Vocal Studies and Opera

The inspirational training provided by our School of Vocal Studies and Opera is renowned the world over.

Drawing on the expertise of our dedicated tutors, behind the scenes staff and professional partners, the unique and carefully curated programme provides young singers with the necessary skills and real-world experience to develop long and successful careers.

Intensive one-to-one tuition and ensemble coaching is complemented by masterclasses and an array of specialist classes designed to enhance your dramatic, language, stagecraft and musicianship skills. You’ll also have opportunities to take to the stage through recitals, concerts and biannual Opera Scenes, ensembles such as the RNCM Chamber Choir and RNCM Songsters, a host of internal competitions and external engagements, and our fully-staged RNCM Opera productions. Open to vocalists in all years, these take place in our purpose-built Theatre twice a year and are produced by a guest creative team, ensuring you receive first-hand industry knowledge as you study.

Our exclusive partnerships with Opera North, Buxton International Festival and Edvard Grieg Kor in Norway provide enviable opportunities for further professional development, and we’re fortunate to be the home of postgraduate Répétiteur Studies, providing intensive training for pianists wishing to enhance their skills in this area.

For more information on the audition process and requirements for the School of Vocal Studies and Opera, click here.

Further Information

Vocal Studies and Opera Staff

International Chair in Opera
Graham Vick CBE

Head of Vocal Studies and Opera
Professor Lynne Dawson Member of Institute of Linguists, FRNCM

Deputy Head of Opera
Kevin Thraves DipRCM (Hons), ARCM

Full Time Senior Tutor
Sheldon Miller

Principal Study Vocal Tutors
Matthew Best MA (Hons) Cantab
Professor Lynne Dawson MIL, FRNCM
Sandra Dugdale AGSM
Jane Irwin BMus (Hons), PGDipRNCM
Michael Harper
Eiddwen Harrhy FRCM, FRSA, FRWCMD, HonD Litt (Swansea University)
Quentin Hayes AGSM
Andrew Heggie BMus (Hons) UNSW, PGDipRNCM
Paul Nilon PPRNCM
Mary Plazas GMus (Hons), PPRNCM
Nicholas Powell
Deborah Rees PPRNCM
Sarah Rhodes AGSM
Susan Roper BA, Magister Linguae (Florence), PGDipRNCM
Thomas Schulze
Antonia Sotgiu GRNCM
Hilary Summers
Peter Alexander Wilson DipRSAMD
Louise Winter GRNCM, PPRNCM

Recent International Visiting Tutors
Susan Bullock CBE
Iain Burnside
Michael Chance CBE
Julius Drake
James Gilchrist
Della Jones
Patricia MacMahon
Ann Murray
Professor David Owen Norris
Ian Partridge
Christopher Purves
Amanda Roocroft
Andrew Shore
Toby Spence
Sir John Tomlinson CBE
Roderick Williams OBE

Repertoire and Song Class Tutors
Professor Lynne Dawson MIL, FRNCM
Nataliya Kompaniyets-Jouri BEng (Hons), BA (Hons), PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM, PGCertPAE, FHEA
Deborah Rees PPRNCM
Susan Roper BA, Magister Linguae (Florence), PGDipRNCM
Thomas Schulze
Antonia Sotgiu GRNCM
Peter Alexander Wilson DipRSAMD
Louise Winter GRNCM, PPRNCM

Visiting Repertoire and Song Class Tutors
Florence Daguerre de Hureaux

Tutors in Operatic Repertoire and Visiting Repetiteurs
Hein Boterberg (International Opera Academy – Belgium)
Derek Clark (Scottish Opera)
David Cowan (Opera North)
Caroline Dowdle
Isobel Flinn
David Gowland (Jette Parker – Royal Opera House)
Paul Wynne Griffiths (Royal Opera House)
Steven Maughan (Glyndebourne)
Sheldon Miller
Martin Pickard (Opera North)
Michael Pollock
Kevin Thraves DipRCM, ARCM

Tutors in Stagecraft, Voice & Speech and Stage Combat
Jonathan Cocker
Kenan Ali BA (Hons), PGCE
Natalie Grady BA (Hons)

Tutor in Physical Awareness 
Bethan Rhys Wiliam ARAD, AISTD, CertEd, TDLB D32 & 33, FHE

Tutors in Academic Language Classes
Sabrina Wagner
Antonio Tilli Dottore in Lettere Moderne (Chieti)
Alexander Vonrospach BA, MA, CELTA, DPSI

Tutors in Vocal Health and Speech Therapy
Frances Ascott BSc (Hons), MRCSLT, Lead Speech and Language Therapist (Manchester Royal Infirmary)
Dr Ron Morris PhD

Principal Study Options

Repetiteur Studies (postgraduate only)

Available Courses

Contact Us

School of Vocal Studies and Opera Administrator
T 0161 907 5221

Admissions and Course Enquiries
T 0161 907 5465

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