Advanced course Opera singing
Laura Claycomb
Advanced course
Study pathway

The Advanced Course in Opera Singing taught by Laura Claycomb is intended to help students extend their vocal technique and a proper repertoire of their voice, thus giving them a solid basis with which to tackle auditions and competitions. The annual study plan consists of the study of classical operatic, concert or recital repertoire. Students can choose to take their lessons in either Italian, English, French or Spanish.

Every student has the right to two monthly lessons for the academic year from October/November 2024 (immediately following the entrance exam) to May/June 2025, for a total of 16 lessons that will include the presence of the Professor, and for 8 of these classes, also a collaborative pianist.  There will also be two studio classes (group exhibition of the entire roster) with the collaborative pianist and Professor, to try out repertoire in front of an audience of their classmates, and a final concert in June, as well as the possibility to use the concert hall of the Accademia to make recordings.

The Professor will establish the repertoire to work on, and any eventual participation in competitions and concerts, in conjunction with each student. The annual course plan foresees one of the following, all to be established in conjunction with the Professor:

  • the preparation of an entire operatic role;
  • the preparation of a 45-minute to an hour-long recital program;
  • the preparation of a 6-aria package for auditions.


Students must be in possession of a Conservatorio Diploma (old system), a Level 1 or Level 2 degree, or equivalent qualification if from a country other than Italy (at least Bachelor’s degree in music). The commission reserves the right to accept any student who shows exceptional talent, even though they may not meet the above-mentioned requirements.

Applying for admission

Applications for the Academic Year 2024/25 must reach our offices by September 19, 2024. With the same requirements, the date of submission of the application is considered for choosing the students. Any applications sent after the deadline will be evaluated by the Directors of Studies.

Entrance exam

The selection takes place in two phases:

  • together with their application form, candidates must send a CV (curriculum with a letter of intent, one file) and a video file of one aria or song, of the applicant’s choice, made no earlier than 2023. The link to the video must be sent together with the application form, written in the field of Eligibility Requirements. The Artistic Director and M° Claycomb will assess the materials submitted and will make a list of candidates, who will be called for an audition in Pinerolo.
  • Entrance exams for 2024/2025 will be held on September 30, 2024 by invitation at the Accademia di Musica in Pinerolo. The audition will consist of the live performance of a programme that includes three pieces in different languages: one aria of Mozart, one aria/canzone in Italian; one aria/canzone/lied/chanson at the student’s discretion. It will be followed by an interview with the Professor.

Course fees

Enrolment fee (annual)*:
€ 100 

Tuition fees (annual)*:
€ 1.700 



The enrolment fee must be paid annually. It is non-refundable. The receipt proving that payment has been effected must be attached to your application to enrol. In case a student wants to attend more than one advanced course, the enrolment fee is to be paid only once in a year.
The tuition fee annual attendance fee is to be paid only after passing the entrance exam, according to the instructions that will be sent by the secretary’s office.

Payments of enrolment and tuition fees must be made by bank transfer to the following bank account details:

BANK: Intesa San Paolo

ACCOUNT HELD TO: Fondazione Accademia di Musica ETS

IBAN: IT71X0306909606100000101696


ADRESS: Piazza Paolo Ferrari, 10 – 10121 Milano

Student opportunities and the regulations

Once you have become a student of our Accademia a range of opportunities are open to you: special arrangements for accommodations and meals; a dedicated web page; free admission to all concerts; study rooms; to attend any other lessons where auditors are allowed; the opportunity to perform in public at concerts staged by the school or by our partner associations; free use of the concert hall to make recordings.

See the REGULATION for more information.
Sign it for acceptance and attach it to your application form.

Laura Claycomb
Opera singing
Advanced course
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