CAR 2. Opera Repetiteur placement

Period of the EOA module in 2022-2023

  • January – March 2023 (c. months)


  • April – July 2022 (c. months)

Term dates:

  • Monday 10th January – Friday 1st April 2023
  • Monday 2nd May – Friday 8th July 2023

Description of the Module

The module will provide students with the experience to develop technical, stylistic, artistic and intellectual skills which form the basis of working at an advanced level as a repetiteur.

Pianists will work collaboratively throughout all aspects of the preparation and production process of the College’s fully-staged opera (repertoire to be confirmed). They will be mentored throughout by key College staff and they will also have contact with members of Welsh National Opera music staff.

The rehearsal process will mirror industry practice and provide the opportunity for the students to immerse themselves fully in the score, as well as becoming part of the creative team delivering the production.

The technical and musical requirements of playing during the rehearsal process will be supported by 1:1 lessons from experienced professionals in this field.

The module brings the opportunity to engage comprehensively with UK working practices, linking with Welsh National Opera through the RWCMD’s Seligman Opera School.

Name(s) of the professor(s) of this module:

  • Simon Phillippo, Head of Keyboard Performance
  • Angela Livingstone, Head of Opera & Vocal Performance
  • Martin Constantine, International Chair in Directing
  • Alma Sheehan, performance coach
  • Music Staff of Welsh National Opera

Possible extras:

  • Language classes
  • 1:1 keyboard lessons
  • Conducting lessons (optional)
  • Observation of WNO rehearsals and attendance at dress rehearsals (by negotiation on an individual basis)

Minimum and maximum number of students:

1 for each opera production period


  • Music rehearsals: 12 hrs per week (4-5 weeks)
  • Production rehearsals: 40 hrs per week (5 weeks)
  • Stage rehearsals: 60 hrs per week (2 weeks)
  • Languages: up to 3 hrs per week, depending on the project
  • 1:1 keyboard lesson: 1 hr per week

Entrance examination:

  • Submission of unedited video, performing 2 contrasting scenes, with vocal lines sung from the keyboard plus one short piano solo of choice (please contact to discuss repertoire, if you need advice)
  • Deadline: 15th April 2022

Description of the final examination:

  • Continual assessment across project (50%)
  • Performance of studio rehearsal (50%)

Total expenses of the EOA module per student and what is included/excluded in this price:

Module is available within an Erasmus exchange, for students at an advanced level of piano training, either Bachelors or Masters.

Students must provide their own accommodation, meals and traveling costs.

Module Code : CAR 2
Institution : Cardiff
Dates : January – March 2022 OR May – Jul 2022
Student : Pianist
Language : English
Activity : Performance
Module Type : Professional training