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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Guildhall School of Music & Drama

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This Masters programme allows composers and writers to focus on how new opera is created, developed and performed. Part of an exciting new partnership between Guildhall School and the Royal Opera House, the programme is led by Julian Philips, Head of Composition, Stephen Plaice, Writer-in-Residence, Laura Bowler, composition professor, and other visiting composers and writers.

The programme is coordinated in close collaboration with the School’s award-winning Opera Department, its Production Arts Department and colleagues at the Royal Opera House. It enables you to acquire first-hand experience of the day-to-day workings of the Royal Opera House. At the same time, you will receive individually-tailored one-to-one tuition from the School’s Writer-in-Residence, Stephen Plaice, or from a member of the School’s world-class Composition Department. Through mentoring and observation, you will gain valuable insight into how to work successfully in opera with conductors and directors, singers and instrumentalists, designers and stage managers.

The programme

Specifically focusing on operatic composition and the theatre, the core programme activity supports writers and composers to work collaboratively on the creation of a new chamber operatic work (20-25 minutes in duration). This piece will be rehearsed, produced and premiered by the Opera programme in Guildhall School’s new Milton Court Studio Theatre. Additional projects allow writers to focus more specifically on their own creative practice - whether poetry, prose or dramatic script - and composers to develop their craft in writing for the operatic voice. For both writers and composers, this programme offers valuable performance opportunities for new work across Guildhall School’s Music, Acting and Production Arts Departments. All students will become equipped with appropriate expertise in the professional context of new opera.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 22,080per year

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University information

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

  • Campus address

    Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Silk Street, City of London, EC2Y 8DT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    20th out of 85 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    147 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    92 92%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%



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