In terms of musical theatre, the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln is also one of the leading education centers in Europe. In order to live up to these expectations, the University has formed an organization specifically for training opera singers. This program guarantees a highly attractive academic program focused on opera as compared to similar programs in the international arena. The name of the program is Rheinische Opernakademie and it is an international center teaching musical theatre skills at the Cologne and Aachen campuses. The program was established with a clear focus on goals and efficiency based on the University’s new constitution following the planned merger of the faculty departments at the individual campuses with the Oper Köln and the Stadttheater Aachen.
The main foundation for the educational excellence of the opera program is the well-established curriculum for the Bachelor of Music in Singing, which is offered at all three campuses in Köln, Aachen, and Wuppertal. The specific requirement for studying at the Rheinische Opernakademie is acceptance for the Master of Opera program, which is primarily established at the Cologne and Aachen campuses. In order to ensure a smooth transition to the master’s program, students who are well-suited for the master’s degree are also integrated into the opera academy in their final year of their bachelor’s program. Course offerings are distinguished by the following: