MMus (Opera)


Your Audition

Places on the MMus (Opera) programme are limited to 10 students per year. 

Applicants will be assessed by audition:

  • •  Prepare 5 arias in at least 2 different languages of which a maximum of 3 will be 
  • •  Speak a short text in a foreign language which will be provided in advance

The Audition Panel reserves the right to halt a performance when it has heard enough to form a judgement. 

Applicants will be judged competitively based on the following criteria, assessed by means of the audition and interview: 

  • •   talent and potential as an opera singer/repetiteur
  • •   demonstration of a serious commitment to a career in opera
  • •   previous operatic experience
  • •   quality of previous training and musicianship
  • •   broad knowledge of music, including historical contexts and contemporary practice
  • •   interpersonal skills for team building and leadership

Applicants will be selected first and foremost on the basis of merit and potential and must convince the audition panel that they have the ability, maturity and potential to cope with the demands of the programme. 

International Applicants

International applicants who are unable to attend an entrance audition in person must supply an authenticated and referenced recording of their performance of three operatic arias.  The recording should be in video DVD format with professional quality audio.  Recordings submitted on CD, cassette tape or standard magnetic tape will not be accepted.  Please note recordings cannot be returned. Applicants whose DVD performances are of a suitable standard will then be contacted for an interview, usually via Skype. 

Non-standard Applicants

Applicants who do not hold an undergraduate honours degree may be considered for entry to the programme upon production of a verified CV of opera performances and two supporting references, for the consideration of the Programme Committee.

Applicants with Disabilities

Applicants who have a disability or special need and would like further information about facilities and access are invited to contact the Programme Chair, Colette McGahon-Tosh.  We will, as a matter of course, write to all applicants who declare a disability or special need on their application, and provide information about studying at DIT and the Conservatory.  If special arrangements are required for the audition, please help us to make the necessary arrangements by contacting the Programme Chair as soon as possible before the audition:; tel. +353 (0)1 402 7820.  The Disability Support Service is also available to give advice to applicants:

Further Information

Contact Colette McGahon-Tosh or Mairéad Hurley
tel. +353 (0)1 402 3471