STUDY - The RCM International Opera School

RCM LogoThe AIOA in partnership with RCM International Opera School offers the winner the opportunity to study for their Artist Diploma (ArtDip) in Opera which is designed for students with the potential to become professional operatic singers.

The year-long program is rich in individual and class provision as well as performance opportunities. Students will develop not just their vocal technique, but also their acting skills and increase the number of roles in their repertoire.

The Royal College of Music's Artist Diploma (ArtDip) Programmes represent the highest level of taught postgraduate study. They are aimed at musicians who want to hone their skills by working intensively on particular areas of their artistic development. Places on the Artist Diploma programmes are only offered to students who have already demonstrated a high level of ability at graduate, post graduate or masters level.

The Artist Diplomas focuses on one-to-one provision and practical project work, tailored to the individual singer’s specific career aspirations.

Most teaching on the Artist Diploma in Opera takes place within the RCM International Opera School. Practical experience is gained through performance of operatic scenes and the opportunity to participate in their fully-staged operatic productions.


Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is a world leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. Our 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over 60 countries and are taught in a dynamic environment, leaving the RCM to become the outstanding performers, conductors and composers of the future.

For the second consecutive year in 2017, the RCM was ranked as the top conservatoire in the UK and Europe for the Performing Arts in the QS World University Rankings and second in the world. In 2016, the RCM was ranked by The Guardian as the leading Higher Education Institution in the UK for studying music and as the top UK conservatoire in the Complete University Guide’s Arts/Music Institution League Table 2017.

RCM professors are leaders in their fields and, under such expert guidance, RCM students regularly achieve remarkable success around the globe.

Among our alumni are composers and performers such as Sir Hubert Parry, Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Lord Lloyd Webber, Rebecca Clarke, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Sarah Connolly, Elizabeth Watts, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Sir Thomas Allen.

Regular visitors to the RCM include Maxim Vengerov (Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin), Bernard Haitink, Sir Thomas Allen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alina Ibragimova and Lang Lang. Our most recent honorary doctorates include Vladimir Jurowski, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Roger Norrington, Bryn Terfel and Steve Reich.


The RCM’s Creative Careers Centre, which is recognised internationally for its innovative approach to supporting young musicians, provides an unparalleled service to current students and recent alumni. The dedicated team partners with leading consultants, reputable arts organisations and local communities, delivering unique career-building opportunities and a direct route to the music industry.

The work of the Creative Careers Centre allows students to discover their professional identity, gain hands-on experience and new skills, develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and build a fulfilling professional portfolio.

Extensive performance and teaching opportunities are available, as well as valuable guidance on CV and biography writing, concert programming, communication skills, project management, marketing and publicity, online promotion, financial matters and how to develop a business idea.

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