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Opera Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
You will be studying a unique Opera Studies programme, now in its 20th year. It is the only on-line undergraduate course that focuses on opera as a performance art. You will explore all the elements of this amazing and versatile art form, guided by expert tutors.
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You will study key composers and historic periods, learn about the libretto, the singer, the orchestra and conductor, the director, Shakespeare in opera, women in opera and much more. It is an ideal complement to vocal studies and equips directors and singers alike to fully appreciate the material they work with.

You will have a personal tutor for each module to guide you through the materials. You will be able to ‘meet‘ fellow students in the real-time chat rooms and your tutor will run on-line tutorials every month. You will be able to get free access to on-line resources  including Grove Online, the Naxos Music and Video Libraries and Opera America. During your studies there will be opportunities to attend  blended learning Study Events at the Rose Burford College campus and elsewhere.

Why choose this course?

  • The only course worldwide that covers all aspects of opera as a performance art allowing you to deepen your knowledge and passion. 
  • Intellectually challenging and satisfying; many graduates continue to higher degrees. 
  • You can study anywhere, any time. The in-built flexibility accommodates your life style and work patterns 
  • Real-time chat rooms and tutorials enable you to ‘meet’ your fellow students and tutors.


Currently validated by The University of Manchester.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      It can be extended up to 10 years.

  • Credits
    360 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Opera at Work
  • Mastering the Basics of Music
  • Mastering the Basics of Analysis 1 & 2
  • Opera in Context
  • Ways of talking about opera
  • The Singer
  • Baroque Part 1 + 2
  • Romanticism Part 1 + 2
  • Electives:
  • Monteverdi
  • Mozart
  • Verdi
  • Wagner
  • The Libretto
  • The development of the operatic overture and its relationship to the symphony
  • The orchestra and conductor
  • Opera in France
  • The Musical


  • Dr F. Jane Schopf, Programme Director

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements


Recognising Prior Learning

You may have skills and knowledge that you have gained elsewhere that might count towards your learning with us.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • National

    5592 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5592 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


Once you have completed one module you would be able to apply for one of the competitive bursaries (£850.00 p.a.) from the Edith Gray Rudinger Trust. A dedicated trust fund for RBC opera students only.

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