Master's Program in Classical Music Performance (Opera)

University of the Arts Helsinki
2.5 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Finnish, Swedish
Student singing on stage at Uniarts Helsinki. Image by Veikko Kähkönen

About this program

Master's Program in Classical Music Performance (Opera)

Come and study in the leading master's program in the field of vocal music and stage performance, preparing you for demanding solo roles on the opera stages.

The program consists of ten 6-8-week teaching modules, which are all planned and scheduled in advance for the entire course of your studies. The focus of the modules alternates: first, you will develop your basic skills and professional competence and become familiar with the material and themes of the upcoming productions, while the next module includes a rehearsal period and the actual stage performances. The mandatory thesis project consists of productions and related performances.

You will work closely with the Sibelius Academy's master's students in opera coaching. You will work on the same productions and grow as artists together.

The Sibelius Academy's opera training is actively involved in international networks, especially the NordOpera network. The program has close cooperation with the Department of Vocal Music.

You can also choose courses organised by the other two academies of the University and complete so-called joint studies that are available for all students.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students studying in English and coming from outside the EU and EEA countries.


Content and Objective of the Program

As an opera student, you will be part of a tight-knit ensemble with 8 to 12 singers. During your studies, you will participate in four full-scale opera productions featuring an orchestra and one opera production that is performed together with pianists. The operas are performed in their original language. Additionally, you will participate in small-scale operas or scenes during your studies.

Continuing studies

It is possible to complete a licentiate and a doctoral degree at the University as a third-cycle degree. After graduating with a Master's degree, you will have the option to apply for doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies


About this institute

University of the Arts Helsinki

The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) offers the highest education in fine arts, music, dance and theatre in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. Uniarts Helsinki’s wide selection of programs in the field of arts and productive dialogue between teaching...

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Why study at University of the Arts Helsinki

  • The University of the Arts is one of the leading performing arts universities in the world: Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy has ranked among the top 26 universities in the QS World University Ranking for five consecutive years (2016–2023).
  • We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts which was opened in 2021. The facilities are in the use of the Academy of Fine Arts as well as students of light design, sound design, and design for the performing arts. We host over 1,000 public performances or exhibitions per year.
  • At Uniarts Helsinki you can study in an inspiring environment where different disciplines of art influence each other. The academies of Uniarts Helsinki;Academy of Fine Arts, Theatre Academy and Sibelius Academy, have roots deep within the Finnish arts education and history of art. The predecessors of all three academies were founded in the 19th century although then they operated under slightly different names.
  • The Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki is an international academy with a focus on fine arts. Students' personal aspirations and one-to-one guidance in teaching are at the heart of the academy.
  • The Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is one of the largest music academies in Europe. It is the cornerstone of the Finnish music culture through its expertise in teaching, research and artistic activities.
  • The Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is a reformer of the performing arts and offer the highest education in theatre, dance and writing in Finland.

Contact info

University of the Arts Helsinki

Sörnäinen campus
Sörnäisten rantatie 19
00530 Helsinki

Phone no: +358294 47 2000


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