3 years full time
Paid by host 

This is a fully funded three-year doctoral studentship, regardless of whether the successful applicant is a Home, EU or International student. In addition, the Doctoral Composer-in-Residence will receive a maintenance grant in line with AHRC funding rates.

Application guidelines 

The studentship is aimed at composers who have some experience in composing for opera. Applicants will be expected to submit a portfolio of at least three scores and recordings that demonstrates a high-level of creative research engagement with vocal, operatic and theatrical practice. As with all MPhil/DMus students, applicants will also need to submit a draft research proposal (c.1000 words). 

This initial proposal is not expected to contain a detailed concept for the Year 3 Linbury Studio Theatre chamber opera, but it should outline the broader research questions that would underpin projects created as part of this Guildhall School/Royal Opera House Doctoral Composer-in-Residence scheme.

Please read the frequently asked questions, which provide further information on the scheme before formally applying

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Royal Opera House Doctoral Composer-in-Residence Scheme


As part of the Research Degree programme of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, a doctoral studentship in association with the Royal Opera House is now available. This unique collaboration between a prestigious opera company and a conservatoire offers one composer every two years (commencing in September 2013, 2015, 2017 etc) the opportunity to be Composer-in-Residence at the Royal Opera House.

The studenship culminates in the completion of a new chamber opera to be staged at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre in Year 3 of study.

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