Why choose this course?
- Enrich your passion for this amazing art form
- Explore the full history of opera
- You are free to study anytime, anywhere
- Specialist tutors for every module
- Apply for a January or September start
3-10 Years (Online Learning)
January 2019 and September 2019
Recognising Prior Learning
You may have skills and knowledge that you have gained elsewhere that might count towards your learning with us. If you think you have relevant prior learning, please email Dr Michelle Assay firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
You will study key composers and historic periods, learn about the libretto, the singer, the orchestra and conductor, the director, Shakespeare in opera, women in opera and much more. It is an ideal complement to vocal studies and equips directors and singers alike to fully appreciate the material they work with.
You will have a personal tutor for each module to guide you through the materials. You will be able to ‘meet‘ fellow students in the real-time chat rooms and your tutor will run on-line tutorials every month. You will be able to get free access to on-line resources including Grove Online, the Naxos Music and Video Libraries and Opera America. During your studies there will be opportunities to attend blended learning Study Events at the Rose Burford College campus and elsewhere.
What our students say:
“The Opera Studies programme IS TRULY life enhancing”. Bette Jones, Arizona.
“I am enjoying this course immensely. It is adding so much to my appreciation and understanding of opera and of music in general” – Andrew Mosely, Opera Studies student
"I have really enjoyed the academic challenge of studying to degree level, and the opportunity to finally indulge a life-long passion. What I find particularly nourishing about the Rose Bruford course is getting to understand the relationship between the composers and their music. Opera in particular seems to me to be an outpouring of the soul. Exploring the lives and backgrounds of the composers within their historical and socio-political context is giving me a much better understanding of the depth and beauty of the human condition and it has enhanced my life in so many ways." Gillian Callow, Opera Studies student
"It was the BA (Hons) Opera Studies course that set me on the road to my PhD and now the book! When I first went to university back in the 1960's. I didn't think that I would one day have a PhD! Long live the Opera Studies course and Rose Bruford College!" Julie Tretchikoff, Opera Studies graduate.
“Doing the course enhanced my enjoyment of opera immeasurably, by giving me a much better understanding of what composers/librettists/ directors/designers might be aiming to achieve, and how they set about it. I feel very lucky.” Liz Grimsey, Graduate First Class Honours, 2016.
Graduates have become dramaturgs, teachers, opera singers, directors, journalists and arts administrators. A number of students continue onto further study on postgraduate programmes at the College.
Following the granting of Taught Degree Awarded Powers, students joining us in September 2017 will be registered on a Rose Bruford College award, and will be governed by Rose Bruford College regulations.
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2018/2019 Course Fees
The programme can be taken at a flexible pace of progression, thus spreading the cost and making this a truly viable option to full time study. If you are a UK citizen taking this as your first degree and are able to do at least 30 credits each year of study, you may be eligible for the loan with Student Finance England. Please watch the video below for guidance and click here for more details.
20 credits = £960
10 credits = £480
The full degree is 360 credits.
As a guide (using 18/19 fees), if you are looking at completing the degree in three years, the programme currently costs £5,760 per year compared to £9250 per year for taught full-time degrees.
Once you have completed one module you would be able to apply for one of the competitive bursaries (£850.00 p.a.) from the Edith Gray Rudinger Trust. A dedicated trust fund for RBC opera students only.
Please contact Dr Michelle Assay firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Online curriculum development manager: Jayne Richards
Lead Academic Tutor: Dr Michelle Assay
In his ground-breaking book, Creating Der Rosenkavalier, Rose Bruford graduate Mike Reynolds has created the first full account of the genesis of Hofmannsthal and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. The book is an excellent read being insightful and lavishly illustrated. Reynolds argues the opera, one of the favourites throughout the world, owes its existence to an earlier opérette L’Ingenu libertin whch Count Harry Kessler saw and transmuted into Der Rosenkavalier which was clothed in Hofmannsthal’s inimicable verse. Click to purchase a copy.
An exciting volume of papers from our biennial Music on Stage conference has just been published by Cambridge Scholars Press ("Music on Stage" edited by Fiona Jane Schopf) covering historic opera, the musical and performance practice by thirteen scholars from around the world. Click to purchase a copy.
Opera Studies graduate, John Cordingly has recently published a fascinating book looking at key male opera characters through the prism of psychiatry.