Master programme opera and music theatre

The qualification for the Master degree has to be proven by a completed Bachelor degree in singing or an equivalent degree, as well as a supplementary examination consisting of a procedure in two stages.

During the degree course, teaching unit examinations have to be passed, and also the planned compulsory projects have to be positively assessed. The Master examination consists of an artistic or scientific Master project and a Master examination before a board at the end of the last prescribed semester.


Master Degree in Opera and Music-theatre

The aim of the training is for the student to achieve the status of being ready to perform on stage and to be engaged as a soloist with regard to individual competitiveness in the international music and theatre business.

The Master degree lasts 4 semesters, comprises 66 semester hours and ends with the Master degree.

The Master examination before a board consists of two public performances ? an audition and a staged performance.
In the first part the candidate performs pieces of his or her own choice from his or her examination programme (duration about 20 minutes); in addition the examination senate can choose up to 2 pieces (arias or solo scenes) from the examination programme.  The examination programme consists of 5 entire specialist roles from various stylistic epochs (one of which is a role from a Mozart opera) which have to be rehearsed musically and scenically, and 10 arias or solo scenes from various stylistic epochs.
In the second part a public performance with orchestra in the context of a scenic performance is envisaged.

Prerequisites for the master program: the applicant must have finished a bachelor's degree in voice, (or a diploma equivalent); and he/she must successfully undergo a 3-part entrance examination,.


The University "Mozarteum" offers the following possibilities:



  1. After ascertaining that the applicant's documentation of previous studies is adequate, the applicant will be allowed to audition for the master's degree level.
  2. Should the applicant's previous studies be only partially adequate, the applicant will be permitted to audition for the masters program, yet will be required to attend the courses missing, should he/she be accepted.
  3. Should it not be possible to ascertain that the applicant?s previous studies are adequate, he/she will be offered, as an alternative, the chance to audition for the bachelor level.



The admission examination for the master's program for opera and music theatre consists of a three-part selection procedure.


For the audition the applicant should prepare six arias or operatic scenes from diverse stylistic periods and in various languages. Of these two must be presented scenically, at least one must be a German, and one in Italian, and one must be an aria with recitative. The selection should be sung by heart.


On the first day (27th June) the candidate will sing the first round of audition before the examining board. He/she will perform a piece of his/her own choice, and possibly a further piece chosen by the examiners.


On the second day (28th June) all applicants who have successfully passed the first round of audition will undergo a trial work session that will last ca. 20 minutes. There will be a musical part (working with one of the department's musical directors) an a scenic part (with one of the department's stage directors.


On the third day (29th June) those candidates who have successfully passed the first round of audition and the trial work session will sing the second round of audition.

There is furthermore a mandatory German examination for non-native speakers (see information sheet entitled 'German examination').