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Master of Music Opera Coaching

Master of Music - Opera Coaching

The Master’s Degree Programme in Opera Coaching was reintroduced in the 2016/2017 winter semester at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz. The new programme is offered as part of the Rheinischen Opernakademie Cologne/Aachen, Department 4, Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre.

The aim of the degree programme is to provide an excellent qualification for those who are looking to work as répétiteurs in opera and musical theatre. The students have access to four highly experienced musical directors in Kenneth Duryea, Prof. Herbert Görtz, Raimund Laufen and Prof. Stephan E. Wehr, each of whom started out as solo répétiteurs and coaching directors before embarking on their respective theatre careers as classical music directors. Between them, their decades of experience working with singers, directing and organising ensembles, their knowledge and experience of teaching operatic roles, as well as their understanding of the special demands of leading coaching programmes at a theatre, offer students unique insight and tuition.  

 Students will gain practical experience not only through the University’s own opera productions in both Cologne and Aachen, but also in theatres associated with the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (in Aachen, Bonn, Gelsenkirchen, Cologne and Krefeld-Mönchengladbach).

General Information

  • Academic degree: Master of Music
  • Duration of degree program: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • Start of program: Winter semester
  • Degree requirements: 120 ECTS credits
  • Major: opera coaching

The application takes place online via the muvac platform. You can find all the information about the procedure on our Application page.

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor’s Degree is required (preferably in conducting, choral conducting, Lied composition for pianists, piano, or church music).
  • For non-German-speaking applicants, proof of a language certificate at level A2 (based on the European Reference Framework for Languages) is also required.
  • Successful completion of the entrance examination.

Entrance Examination

The entrance examination consists of a practical performance examination in the candidate’s main subject. It lasts approximately 45 minutes and is made up of a number of different elements, including a short interview.

It is possible to contact programme tutors directly to arrange a one-on-one consultation in advance.

 Detailed information can be found in the Entrance Examination Regulations, particularly in section 5: Content Requirements and Examination Format.

For practical courses, we recommend that candidates contact their chosen subject tutor in good time. They will be happy to advise candidates individually.


The Master of Music programme in Opera Coaching consists of the following six modules.

 Core module Practical performance in context Skills Communication Professionalisation Master’s thesis/interdisciplinary project

The core module revolves around teaching the candidate’s main subject, while the “Practical Performance in Context” module focuses on applying these techniques in practice. The “Skills” module enhances the students’ knowledge of Italian and musicology, while the “Professionalisation” module helps to form a strong link to the professional world, through practical work experience as a répétiteur at both the University and other institutions.


Prof. Stephan E. Wehr 

Prof. Herbert Görtz

Kenneth Duryea

Raimund Laufen