The Master of Music program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree (Diploma, Bachelor of Music) and who demonstrate exceptional promise for a career in music performance. The program offers a well-balanced curriculum, with courses in musicianship, technique, stage movement, diction, professional audition, law, and musicians’ health.
The program aims to prepare singers for a career in opera. Contributing to the success is the Rheinische Opernakademie, whose close collaborations with opera houses and other production venues provide students the stage training they need to enter the world of professional opera.
Intensive vocal instruction and a rigorous study of repertoire, lieder, diction, ensemble work, courses on law and self-management, and performance coaching give students excellent chances on the international job market as soloists or as chorus singers.
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The four-semester curriculum concentrates on performance and musicianship. As part of its Rheinische Opernakademie program, the school gives master’s students and fourth-year bachelor’s students numerous performance opportunities both in house and with renowned opera houses and theatres in North Rhine – Westphalia, including the Cologne Opera as well as venues in Aachen, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund and Leverkusen. Students have the chance to participate in regular master classes and workshops by world-famous performers and can audition for a wide range of live concerts and performances with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk.
All students must complete the core curriculum, the career development module, and an elective module.
Instructors, in addition to their teaching obligations, are required to provide individual academic advising for students.
Ten voice instructors, two conducting instructors, and three opera répétiteurs renowned internationally as well as a large number of specialists and well-known lecturers currently guarantee the quality of the program’s education.
Prof. Lioba Braun (Mezzo, Standort Köln)
Prof. Mechthild Georg (Mezzo, Standort Köln)
Prof. Claudia Kunz-Eisenlohr (Sopran, Standort Aachen)
Prof. Brigitte Lindner (Sopran, Standort Köln)
Prof. Mario Hoff (Bariton, Standort Köln)
Prof. Christoph Prégardien (Tenor, Standort Köln)
Prof. Thomas Piffka (Tenor, Standort Aachen)
Prof. Kai Wessel (Countertenor, Barockgesang, Standort Köln)
Prof. Thilo Reinhardt