National Opera Studio

Global Talent Programme Application (2023-24)

This application closed on Thursday December 1, 2022.

Before applying, please make sure you have read the full information available on the National Opera Studio website. Also you can download our organisational brochure here.  

Please contact National Opera Studio Global Talent Programme at with any questions regarding this application. For technical help, please contact

Personal Information

Date must be entered in DD/MM/YYYY Format
No spaces, dashes etc. phone number fields
England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. If this question does not apply to you, please fill in the box with N/A.
Please note that if you currently hold a Tier 4 Visa, this is not valid for the National Opera Studio's Global Talent Programme
Only answer this question if you do not hold a UK passport but you do have a valid visa for the UK.

Application and audition information

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E.g. English (Fluent), French (Conversational), Italian (Basic). Please do include any languages you speak that are not found in standard opera repertoire.
Maximum number of selections permitted: 6

Education and Training

Maximum number of selections permitted: 3
Selection 1
Selection 2
Selection 3
Maximum number of selections permitted: 3
Selection 1
Selection 2
Selection 3

Performance Experience

Role 1
Role 2
Role 3
For example, this could include concerts, competitions and awards. Please note, no CVs or additional material will be presented to the panel.

Video First Round Audition

The First Round of auditions for the 2023/24 programme will be by video submission. All applicants will have their video considered by the first round audition panel. We would like to reassure every applicant that all videos submitted will be viewed in their entirety at least twice.
First round audition guidelines
You must submit at least three arias (maximum four), of which:

• all should be opera (no song or oratorio);
• at least two languages should be represented;
• at least one should be in English;
• at least one should be from a contemporary opera (post-1980)

If you wish to submit a fourth aria this is possible. You are welcome to submit a post-1980 English aria.

At least two of your recordings must be made in an audition setting with live piano accompaniment. Recordings must be in one take and your pianist must be in shot (multiple camera angles are accepted as long as the switching between cameras was carried out live). Additional recordings may be of you in concert. Submissions of you in opera productions will not be accepted.

Videos must be recorded no earlier than June 2022.

Please name all of your videos in the following format:
Applicant First Name_Applicant Surname_Aria_Composer

For further information, please read the National Opera Studio Video Requirements.

All videos which MUST meet the National Opera Studio Video Requirements. Minimum number of selections permitted: 3. Maximum number of selections permitted: 4

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Click here to view the requirements: National Opera Studio Video Requirements


Please give the details of two referees. These should be from music or theatre professionals but should not be from your regular (or previous) singing teacher.

References must be received by the deadline of 11.59pm on Thursday 8 December 2022. It is your responsibility to contact your referees in plenty of time to ensure they are happy to provide a reference and are able to do so by the deadline.
Click here for YAP Tracker's FAQ for how the online referencing process works. If you need instructions on how to resend a recommendation request, click here.

Number required: 2. Allowed method(s): Online.

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Equal Opportunities Monitoring

We are required to keep a summary of information of the diversity of our applicants. The information entered in this section will not be kept with nor will affect your application to the NOS.

Payment Details

To submit your application you are required to pay a First Round Audition and Admin fee of £25 via the link below. This will allow you to pay by debit/credit card.

Your application will not be valid until we have confirmed receipt of this payment. Please note this payment is non-refundable.

If the payment email account name does not match your application name, please inform us via email ( 

If you are invited to the Second Round (Monday 20 February - Tuesday 21 February 2023), you will be required to pay an additional £55. We will send you a link to pay this as part of your Second Round invitation email.

We are afraid that the National Opera Studio is unable to support applicants financially throughout their application.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at