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RCM International Opera School

RCM singer in a production of Die Fledermaus
The RCM International Opera School is one of the world’s leading training centres for opera. It offers operatic training at the highest level for performers from around the globe. Many of the world’s leading singers have passed through our doors.

We present three fully-staged operatic productions a year, which are attended by international press and agents. Many of our students move straight into young artist schemes at the world’s leading opera houses, or directly into fully fledged careers.

Members of the RCM International Opera School also have the opportunity to participate in workshops with significant members of the opera world. Recent workshops have involved baritone Alessandro Corbelli, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House Kasper Holten, Baden State Theatre’s Mikhail Fikhtengoltz, and ENO’s Sophie Joyce and John McMurray.

The RCM’s annual programme of events includes a popular Opera Scenes series, providing singers with additional opportunity to work with professional directors in the production of semi-staged scenes accompanied by piano.

Every year the RCM International Opera School presents a number of innovative projects, including a regular collaboration with production company Tête-a-Tête and acclaimed director Bill Bankes-Jones, in which mini operas by RCM students are premiered.

Recent productions

La finta giardiniera (Autumn 2016)

Michael Rosewell conductor
Harry Fehr director
Yannis Thavoris designer
John Bishop lighting designer
Victoria Newlyn choreography

Mozart's rarely performed early comic opera was sung by RCM students in Italian to sell-out crodws over four nights. In it, Violante disguses herself as gardener Sandrina, escaping to a new life away from her murderous ex, Count Belifore. However, things do not go to plan when Belifore and his new girlfriend arrive. 

A scene from the RCM's production of La finta giardinera

Hänsel und Gretel (Summer 2016)

Michael Rosewell conductor
Liam Steel director
Myriddin Wannell designer
Andy Purves lighting designer

The Olivier award-winning team of Liam Steel and Michael Rosewell joined forces for Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel in 2016. The title characters are kicked out of the house for misbehaving and find themselves lost in the woods. When they’re captured by a witch who delights in turning children into gingerbread, the cheeky heroes have to use all their cunning to escape in this dark telling of a playful opera.

A scene from the RCM's production of Hänsel und Gretel

Ariodante (Spring 2016)

James Bonas director
Laurence Cummings conductor
Molly Einchcomb designer
Rob Casey lighting designer
Ewan Jones choreographer

The RCM International Opera School's March 2016 collaboration with the London Handel Festival saw a production of Handel's Ariodante. First performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, in 1735, it is the only Handel opea set in the United Kingdom.

A scene from the RCM's production of Ariodante

Past productions

Die Fledermaus (Autumn 2015)

John Copley director
Michael Rosewell conductor
Tim Reed designer
Kevin Treacy lighting designer
Stuart Hopps choreographer

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Albert Herring (Summer 2015)

Liam Steele director
Michael Rosewell conductor
Janis Kelly Lady Billows
Anna Fleischle designer

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Giove in Argo (Spring 2015)

Laurence Cummings conductor
James Bonas director
Molly Einchcomb designer
Rob Casey lighting designer

A collaboration with the London Handel Festival.

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Die Zauberflöte (Autumn 2015)

Michael Rosewell conductor
Jean-Claude Auvray director
Ruari Murchison designer 
Mark Doubleday lighting designer

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