National Opera Studio

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National Opera Studio
National Opera Studio logo
Founded7 October 1977; 44 years ago (1977-10-07)
TypeRegistered company limited by guarantee[1]
Registration no.England & Wales 274755
  • The Clore Building, 2 Chapel Yard, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 4HZ
OriginsLondon, England, UK
Key people
Formerly called
National School of Opera
London Opera Centre

The National Opera Studio in London, England was established in 1977 by the Arts Council as a link between the music colleges and the six main UK opera companies. It was resident at Morley College in Lambeth until 2003, when it gained use for the first time of its own dedicated premises in Chapel Yard, Wandsworth. Former directors are Kathryn Harries, Donald Maxwell, Richard van Allen, and Michael Langdon,[2] and its Head of Music is Mark Shanahan. It is responsible for the training of approximately twelve singers each academic year, as well as four piano répétiteurs. Its funding comes in part from the six main UK opera companies – Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and it is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (2018–2022).[3] Representatives from each company sit on the final audition panel for selection of each year's intake. The nine-month course usually includes residencies at three of the national opera companies, as well as opera scenes performances in London throughout the year.

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  1. ^ National Opera Studio website
  2. ^ "Our history". The National Opera Studio. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ "National Portfolio: 2018-22". Arts Council England. Retrieved 2018-03-05.


  • Langdon, Michael (1982) Notes From A Low Singer, Julia MacRae Books

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Coordinates: 51°27′24.41″N 0°11′41.45″W / 51.4567806°N 0.1948472°W / 51.4567806; -0.1948472