The DNOA holds auditions on an annual basis with the aim of selecting suitable participants to join the programme for the subsequent two years.

Auditions to join the programme in Autumn 2022 will take place between 23 – 27 March 2022.

The closing date for applications is Monday 17 January 2022.

Prospective applicants should bear in mind that the course of study at the DNOA is a full-time programme and that students are required to prioritise the DNOA commitments over any external engagements.

The programme dates are 5 September 2022 – 18 August 2024.

There is no age limit, there is no application fee.

Recruitment Process

The audition process takes place in three separate rounds.

Round 1: Assessment of the online applications and submitted materials (see below).

Round 2: Live Auditions for a panel which includes the Artistic Leader, other faculty members, representatives of voice departments of both conservatoires, and an external expert.

Singers invited to participate in this round are required to present four contrasting arias in at least three languages, one of which should include a recitative.

Candidates are also requested to present a spoken text (e.g. a monologue or a poem) in a language of their choice.

Round 3: Selected singers are  invited to take part in classes and coaching sessions over a period of two-days culminating in an interview where they are encouraged to speak about their aspirations and motivation to study at the DNOA.

Have a question?

Email Paul McNamara Artistic Leader:


When applying you are required to complete an online application form and upload a number of documents which include:

  • A detailed up-to-date Curriculum Vitae in tabular form (ie not a biographical note)
  • Copy of relevant diploma(s)
  • Copy of your passport
  • A portrait
  • Activated links to three operatic arias/ scenes in at least two languages (recordings sent as attachments will not be accepted)
  • A separate statement of your artistic practice (of no more than one page). This should briefly set out your interests, ambitions and motivations as an artist as well as your reason for wishing to study at the DNOA.

Please note: If you do not submit all of the required materials, your application will be deemed ineligible