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What will I learn?

The Master of Music (Opera Performance) is a professional training program offering elite-level training for opera singers, at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Australia’s oldest and most prestigious music institution.

Led by internationally renowned teachers with strong industry connections in the areas of opera, art song and early music performance, this course will connect you to the largest community of music students and academics in Australia.

This course is all about learning the craft of being an opera singer – doing, reflecting, and enacting a wide range of skills in a variety of repertoires. The two-year program includes intensive studies in vocal coaching, lyric diction for Italian, French and German language for opera, ensemble singing, role development, as well as acting and music performance research.

Students will have the opportunity to prepare specific roles and be actively engaged in performance opportunities – both in house and through industry placements with professional opera companies, in Australia and internationally.

With a focus on the Opera Performance Practicum, you will undertake intensive coaching on role development, and stage work.

Who is this course for?

This course provides elite-level training for opera singers from the rehearsal stage through to full-scale operatic performance.

If you want to elevate your vocal performance, répétiteur and stagecraft skills, as well as explore acting and music research, and graduate with an internationally recognised qualification, this course is for you.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,720.00 (18,89,010) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $71,176
Start date

February 2023


Southbank Campus

234 Street Kilda Road,



3006, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

An undergraduate degree in vocal performance or equivalent, with evidence of European modern language training in either lyric diction and/or practical language skills learning.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

Applications close 31 October.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.