Information Master / Opera program (M. Mus.)

About the Academy and the program

The Musiktheater/ Opera Master- program at the Theaterakademie August Everding in cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich is located in the historic Prinzregententheater in Munich, Bavaria. The Academy hosts eight study program departments: acting, music theatre performance, opera singing, stage directing, dramaturgy, set-design, make-up artists and culture journalists which offers multiple ways of collaboration.
Heads of the Master program Musiktheater/ Opera are Balàzs Kovalik, distinguished stage director and professor at the Bayerische Theaterakademie and KS Prof. Andreas Schmidt, widely renowned baritone and professor for voice at the HfMuT.

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Our program is dedicated to teaching the skills which are necessary to become a modern and up-to-date opera singer with practical skills and theoretical knowledge as well as special techniques required which you would encounter working in a European opera house.
Our priority is to educate and develop a singer with a personality that shows equal abilities in singing and acting. Therefore a vital part of the graduate education program is participating in leading roles in fully staged professional productions of Opera / Musiktheater. Here the young student artists perform together with renowned conductors, orchestras, stage-directors, choreographers, set- and costume designers who are currently working in opera houses throughout Germany and Europe.
à For a closer look please see the list of productions.

Partners and Cooperation with Opera houses

Collaborations with the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich and other Bavarian opera houses offer ample occasions to perform professionally. The stage directing program facilitates additional performances in alternative venues. Here young singers meet other young artists to experiment and develop their own agenda and expression.

Participation in ENOA (European Network of Opera Academies) offers masterclasses , auditions and workshops in the partnership of Opera Academies throughout Europe

-    LOD - Ghent, Belgium
-    The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel- Waterloo, Belgium
-    Aldeburgh Music - Aldeburgh, England
-    Festival d’Aix-en-Provence- Aix-en-Provence,  France
-    Verona opera Academy - Verona, Italy
-    Latvijas Nacionala Opera - Riga, Latvia
-    Teatr Wielki - Warsaw, Poland
-    Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Lissabon, Portugal
-    Fundación Albeniz -Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia - Madrid, Spain

Information at a glance

Application deadline: March 15th, 2016      
Application fee:€ 30,00
Bank deposit receipt or account statement should be enclosed with the application.
For details please see attachment C.       
Date of qualifying examination: May 09 - May 13, 2016      
Study period: 2 years / 4 semesters       
Start of next program: October 2016      
Tuition fee: € 111,00 (for each semester) plus € 42,00 administrative fee       
Probation period: The first two semesters are period of probation.       
Graduate degree: Master of Music (M. Mus.)    


Application is only possible with an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Music, B.Mus.) or diploma as a voice major or a graduate degree with a non-opera emphasis.

Application deadline is March 15th, 2016.
E-mails or incomplete applications will not be considered.

For the application the following documents are needed:
1.    Curriculum Vitae.
2.    Copy of Birth Certificate or Passport or Residence Permit.
3.    Hochschule / College / University Diploma or Documented Bachelor of Music inclusive Transcript of Records or
interim report or documented confirmation of expected graduation date from the current College/ University.
4.    Academic Transcript of Grades and duration of studies.
5.    Repertoire list of studied and performed roles.
6.    Phoniatric medical report or extended medical report from an Ear/ Nose/ Throat Physician (from within the last 6 months).
7.    Language qualification for candidates from a non-German-speaking country: Certificate at the level B2 of the GER: Please see: Homepage of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München: STUDIUM / Bewerben / Sprachzeugnisse- Zeugnisse.
8.    Verification of application fee payment to the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding should be presented in the form of an account statement or a deposit receipt.
9.    Only for citizens from the People’s Republic of China: Certificate of the „Akademische Prüfstelle at the Deutsche Botschaft” in Bejing.

Foreign certificates/ transcripts of records must be presented in the form a true copy of the original with a certified translation.
The documents relevant to 3. + 4. and 7. may be presented at the latest on the day of matriculation, if not obtained at an earlier stage.

For further information please call or Email:
Tel. +49-89-2185-2879 /-2829
Fax  +49-89-2185-2963

Qualifying Examination

1.    Six operatic arias, sung  in at least three languages from at least three musical periods, including:
-    at least one aria by W.A. Mozart
-    at least one aria in German (Mezzosopran/ Alto: for suggestions please contact the department)
-    at least one aria from an Operetta, Musical , Zarzuela or a Chanson

2.    A substantial German poem with at least four verses/ stanzas or a soliloquy / drama monologue.

The arias do not have to be performed, but have to convey to the jury that the singer is familiar with role,
character and context.

The list of arias as well as title and author of the poem should be enclosed with the application, at the latest on
 May 1st, 2016.

On the day of the exam the aria list should be presented to the jury in ten copies provided by the candidate.  
The candidate must also bring in an extra copy of his/her music for the pianist.

Pianists are provided by the Bayerische Theaterakademie. Private pianists are not accepted.

Examination procedure

The exam is held in two stages. Applicants who are successful in round 1 are admitted to round 2.
The final decision will be made after round 2, and the candidates will be notified by post.
The exam may be repeated once, so the next opportunity is in 2015.

Round  1 (5-15 minutes):
1.    Vocal presentation of opera arias with the first aria being of your own choice.
2.    Further arias / extracts / poem recitation are announced by the jury. The jury may choose to listen to sections of arias only.

Round  2 (Workshop and Call-back):
1.    Workshop (entire day) with classes in movement, performance, dialogue and music coaching working alone or in a group. The repertoire will be based upon the program of the candidate. For the workshop the candidate should bring suitable clothes for movement.
2.    Vocal presentation following the workshops. The repertoire will be chosen by the jury.

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