The postgraduate Master's programme in Choral Singing is unique in Germany. It offers vocal graduates who have already completed their first Bachelor's or Master's degree the chance to actively sing in one of the world's best opera choirs for two years and to receive accompanying vocal and correpetition lessons.
The aim of the lessons is to impart as comprehensive a knowledge and skills as possible in the area of opera (choral) and concert (choral) singing. The main focus is on getting to know the opera choir repertoire and the choir-specific requirements. Major choral symphonic works are also being developed.
Special aspects are the cultivation of ensemble singing and the preparation of the choir parts necessary for later auditions. Some of this takes place in the main subject lessons at the college, others in the so-called postgraduate studies, where new choir parts are intensively worked on in very small groups.
Students are regularly integrated into the Saxon State Opera Choir during the four semesters. They perform in the choir and work together with renowned directors, choirmasters and conductors. During the two years a broad repertoire of over thirty opera choral parts is practically acquired. This turns our graduates’ sought-after young artists in the difficult job market for singers. Graduates are also regularly engaged into the choir of the Semper Opera House directly afterwards (if they are suitable and have the appropriate vacancy). Once a year there is also the possibility to perform smaller solo roles in the concerts of the Symphony Choir / Extra Choir of the Semper Opera, e.g. 2017 in Phaéton by Lully or 2018 in David et Jonathas by Charpentier.