Taught course

Opera Directing

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama · Music

Entry requirements

Entry is by interview, and candidates should be able to demonstrate significant experience of and engagement with the opera/theatre world. Professionals already working in these areas but seeking to enhance their skills are encouraged to apply. Minimum entry requirements usually include a 2:1 degree in music or an equivalent qualification, although the College is able to consider applications from people without formal qualifications if they have an exceptional level of ability, practical experience, and a good understanding of the opera profession.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Fully mentored programme, tailored to each individual’s specific skills and experience
  • Training in acting methodologies, rehearsal techniques, principal singing languages and movement
  • Exploration of different operatic forms, styles and conventions
  • Collaborating across the various creative disciplines involved in operatic productions
  • Investigation of artistic relationships, including the design process and the conductor’s role
  • Involvement with a range of operatic productions and projects
  • Directing in-house opera scenes projects
  • Observation of professional practice, both in RWCMD and at Welsh National Opera
  • Fully-negotiated industry placement in a professional UK opera company, focusing on the role of staff director and associated areas of expertise

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA(Hons)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Department