Course Description

The Vocal and Opera Studies Unit reflects the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s strong commitment to singing, an environment in which our students have excelled (Dame Joan Sutherland is the most famous example). A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will have gained a relevant undergraduate diploma or degree and will successfully complete an audition and interview.

Together with the Opera School of the Sydney Conservatorium, the Vocal and Opera Studies Unit develops skills in a wide range of repertoire and performance types from the recital to the opera stage. Our students come from all states of Australia and overseas, attracted by a teaching staff with wide experience as concert and operatic artists and outstanding pedagogues, all of whom have had distinguished careers. Many of our teachers are still active as performers with repertoire interests ranging from the early Renaissance to contemporary classical music.

For the audition, candidates should be prepared to present a varied program of at least three arias at an advanced level of difficulty and to an excellent standard. In the interview following the performance, the student will outline a proposed plan of study. Applicants who do not have a recognised tertiary award but who demonstrate an equivalent musical ability and maturity at the audition and interview, and who can show considerable performing experience may be admitted.

The Sydney Conservatorium Opera School showcases vocal and dramatic talent in regular public opera productions, using the Conservatorium’s versatile performing spaces. These well-attended productions provide an opportunity for outstanding talent to take its first bow in practical preparation for the opera profession. Working with established and emerging stage directors, conductors, coaches and repetiteurs, students train in aspects of stagecraft, such as characterisation, language and ensemble skills.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $28,000 total course cost.
International Students: $33,000 per year full-time

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Creative Arts postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 84.2% (national average 71.4%)
Improved skills: 81.6% (national average 75.2%)
Overall satisfaction: 71.1% (national average 75.9%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Creative Arts postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: (national average 68.5%)
Studying full time: 8.6% (national average 10.4%)
Median full time salary: (national average $63,700)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 077461A
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GNMUSOPP1000