National Opera Studio

Global Talent Programme Application (2024-25)

This application closed on Wednesday January 3, 2024.

Before applying, please make sure you have read the full information available on the National Opera Studio website

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 select N/A.
Please select your visa status for your right to remain in the UK. If you currently hold a Tier 4 Visa, this is not valid for the National Opera Studio's Global Talent Programme
Dates must be entered in DD/MM/YYYY Format. If you are UK citizen, hold a British passport, have indefinite leave to remain, or hold a visa not stated in the drop down list above, please confirm your status

Application and audition information

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

Education and Training

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

Performance Experience

Please use the format: Role_Title_Company_Year. You can list staged performances, scenes, concerts, competitions, recitals, 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 2024/25 programme will be by video submission. All applicants will have their videos 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 two videos as part of your application. Through your submissions you should aim to show a variety of repertoire which presents vocal excellence and musical strengths. No more than two videos may be submitted.

Repertoire requirements:
• Two contrasting arias
• We advise you present two different languages
• All videos must be recorded within the last six months
• All videos must be submitted via a YouTube link - videos uploaded directly to YapTracker will not be accepted

Your two 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). Submissions recorded using a pre-recorded accompaniment will not be accepted.

Do not upload more than 2 videos. If you upload more than 2 videos, only the first 2 submissions will be viewed. Any additional submissions will be disregarded.

Please name all of your videos in the following format:
Aria_Opera_Composer - please do not include your name as part of the video title.

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

All videos must be uploaded using a YouTube link and must meet the National Opera Studio Video Requirements. Videos uploaded to YAP Tracker do not generate view tracking increases on external sites. YAP Tracker uses a secure, encrypted firewall to protect data submissions, which disables the transfer of view tracking data. You will therefore not see views recorded on any videos you upload through YAP Tracker's application portal. Please only upload videos via YouTube. Do not upload videos via your "My Profile Menu" on YapTracker. Number of selections required: 2.

You must be signed in to add videos.
Click here to view the requirements: National Opera Studio Application 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 Wednesday 10 January, 2024. 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.
The following questions are about sex and gender. We and ACE recognise that sex and gender identity are not necessarily the same thing, and in order to fully understand our audiences and applicants we're asking both questions. There is a prefer not to say option if that feels most reflective for you.
We ask about the sexual orientation of using recommended ACE options. We recognise that this list of options is not exhaustive but hope there are enough choices for everyone to feel represented.
The definitions for ethnicity are based on national standards as set out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This gives us a comparable dataset that can be mapped against other sources and population data. Latin American is not currently featured in ONS population datasets. This was added to all Arts Council ethnicity data collection, by exception, following request and consultation. When completing analysis to compare against ONS datasets, we categorise any ‘Latin American’ responses in the ‘Any other ethnic group’ category

Payment Details

To submit your application you are required to pay a First Round Audition and Admin fee of £15 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 some one has paid on your behalf or the payment email account name does not match your application name, please inform us ( If we are unable to match your applicantion to a payment name and email address, we will not be able to process your application.

If you are invited to the Second Round (Saturday 17 February - Monday 19 February 2024), you will be required to pay an additional £40. 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