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The Chamber Opera education at Mälardalen University comprises two separate years of full-time study at advanced level. As a student you need to apply for both study periods. It is intended for you who have a passion to perform on stage, conveying opera through your singing. If you wish to develop yourself as a singer in this multifaceted art form, this is the perfect course for you!
The Chamber Opera programme has a holistic view of what an opera singer needs in their future profession. This means that, apart from vocal coaching with your voice teacher, you will be given theatrical training and performance practice at the highest level. You will also be given valuable tools to help you shape your music-making and your artistic identity. Apart from voice lessons and vocal coaching you will have lessons in fencing, stage fighting, dance, speech training, opera improvisation, languages, Art Song seminars, audition training , of course opera productions, and much more! You will also get an insight into the codes that apply in the singing profession, for example concert praxis, audition technique, choice of repertoire, dress code – everything to prepare you for your future working life as a professional opera singer.
During your education you will be taught by teachers and visiting lecturers who belong to the highest level of Swedish and international musical life. On a weekly basis you will have individual voice lessons, individual coaching with pianists and joint lessons every week. You will learn how to portray different characters, convey emotions, thoughts and dramatic events.
Practise in front of an audience
The Academy of Music and Opera at Mälardalen University produces around 50 concerts and performances each academic year, where you will be given many opportunities to practise singing in front of an audience, in various venues, in different constellations of instruments and with a repertoire from different musical periods and languages. A few examples are Västmanland Theatre with 400 seats and an orchestra pit, Västerås Great Concert Hall with first-rate acoustics (912 seats), the Grand Hall at Västerås Castle (120 seats) and Västerås Cathedral (1100 seats). The concerts and production includes for example full-size symphonic Gala Concert, soloist with Västerås Sinfonietta and operaproduction at Västmanland Theater.
For examples of earlier productions, visit www.mdh.se/utbildning/omraden/musik-och-opera/kammaropera External link. (in Swedish)
Västerås Castle is your base
All of this takes place in a creative and inspiring cultural and historical environment with Västerås Castle as a base. During your studies you will have almost unlimited access to specially adapted practice and teaching rooms at the castle, which is located within walking distance to the Central Station.
As a student you will have the opportunity of attending dress rehearsals free of charge with the Västerås Sinfonietta (also concerts), the Royal Opera in Stockholm and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Future and jobs
After the Chamber Opera education you are prepared to work as an opera- and/or concert singer at different sizes of opera- and concert houses and as a freeelancer. Or, if you prefer to continue studying, participating at an advanced level opera studio connected to an opera house.
A minimum of 120 credits from artistic education in music and/or theater or equivalent, and approved obligatory audition. In addition, Swedish B/Swedish 3 and English A/English 6 are required. In cases when the course is offered in English, the requirement for Swedish B/Swedish 3 is excluded.
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