Opera (master’s degree)

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

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Why study here?

The programme, conducted in English, allows you to become a part of a unique community and develop your skills in opera singing under the guidance of the best possible teachers. The degree will give you the artistic competence to perform on stage and understand music from broad and complex perspectives. We give you the chance to cooperate with international partners and build global networks already during your studies.

Content and objective of the programme

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. 

The programme 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 programme 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.


Our teachers are some of the best experts in their respective fields. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the programme welcomes international top professionals as guests on a regular basis.

Many of our teachers are also renowned performing artists. Over the years, our staff have included e.g. Soile Isokoski, Tom Krause, Karita Mattila, Monica Groop, Jorma Hynninen, Petteri Salomaa, Seppo Ruohonen and Jaakko Ryhänen.

Applying to the programme

The programme admits new students every other year. The next round of admissions will be in January 2023. New students are admitted based on voice type, which will allow the formation of ensembles capable of staging entire opera performances. This way, the opera productions can be carried out using mainly internal recruitment. 

Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the admissions statistics from previous years.

Doctoral 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.

Find out more

Opera Community 2019 – 2021

  • Soprano: Iris Candelaria, Manon Gleizes, Maria Turunen, Stella Tähtinen
  • Mezzo sopranos: Olivia Kyllönen ja Ruut Mattila
  • Tenors: Jasper Leppänen ja Tuomas Miettola
  • Barytone: Luke Scott
  • Opera Coaching: Anu Kosonen, Elias Miettinen, Markus Vaara

Opera ensemble 2017

  • Bata Réka, soprano
  • Kosonen Anu, opera coach 
  • Lahti Minna-Leena, soprano
  • Lundell Topias, tenor
  • McIntosh Rachel, mezzo soprano
  • Shaw Isabella, mezzo soprano
  • Tikkanen Henri, baritone 
  • Vaara Markus, opera coach
  • Vänttinen Jussi, baritone

Opera productions

  • 2021 Pulkkis: All the Truths we cannot see (wordl premiere, cooperation project with Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California)
  • 2020 Mozart: Cosi fan tutte: Britten: Albert Herring
  • 2019 Händel: Alcina, Offenbach: Orphée aux enfers
  • 2018 Mozart: La clemenza di Tito; Britten: The Rape of Lucretia
  • 2017: Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Verdi: Falstaff; Sempre, sempre! Opera scenes and arias
  • 2016: Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro; Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel and Rautavaara: The Gift of the Magi
  • 2015 Rossini – Il viaggio – The Journey to Brussels; The Face of the Night – an evening of French opera; Sempre sempre! Opera scenes and arias
  • 2014 Mozart: Così fan tutte; Aho: Frida y Diego (world premiere)
  • 2013 Rameau: Les Indes Galantes, Strauss: Die Fledermaus
  • 2012 Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro; Menotti: The Consul
  • 2011 Kortekangas & Baran: One Night Stand (world premiere)  

Opera behind the scenes

Opera students write a blog where they share their thoughts on the operas, composers, and their characters before each upcoming premiere.

You can apply to

Degree Programme in Classical Music Performance, major subject: opera

  • master’s (2,5 years)

Target degree

Master of Music (MMus)


Sibelius Academy


English Read more about language skill requirements

Tuition fee

Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students from outside the EU and EEA countries.
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Next application time

No admission in 2022. Next possible time to apply will be announced later.

Persons in charge

Markus Lehtinen
Professor of Opera 

Lecturers in opera coaching: Tuula-Marja Tuomela-Nyman, Kristian Attila, Jari Hiekkapelto, Liisa Pimiä

Lecturer in acting; Martina Roos