Master of Music (Opera Performance)

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The experience


Meet Samantha Hargreaves

Samantha Hargreaves performing

Samantha Hargreaves entered the Master of Music (Opera Performance) with her singing voice quavering, but now has many production credits to her name. Samantha tells us about how she overcame her jitters and embraced her inner diva.

"A big highlight of the course was my final third year recital. I delivered a 40-minute program with Andrea Katz accompanying on the piano to an audience that comprised of all my friends from university, my family, and most surprisingly, my manager and colleagues from work. I was delighted to see some faces in the audience that I hadn’t seen for over a year. I’m proud to say that it was an immense success.

The debilitating nerves and forgetfulness that had plagued me in first year had been conquered. My nerves were now overshadowed by excitement. I allowed myself to connect with Andrea, the music, and to try my best within my capabilities to express what the composer had intended. I received top marks (but I had forgotten that the judges were even watching!)."

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Study Voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

The course is taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the proud home of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

You’ll enjoy access to incredible facilities, including cinemas, digital vision and audio post-production facilities, visual art studios and technical workshop facilities, purpose-built dance studios, libraries, theatre and performance spaces, and animation and stop-motion studios.

While studying at the Faculty, you will have the chance to benefit from a range of partnerships and engagement activities at major arts companies in Melbourne's Arts Precinct, local and national festivals and sister institutions around the world.

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Wilin Centre

Situated in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development provides exposure to contemporary Indigenous arts practices and supports the recruitment of Indigenous artists, academics and students.

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Jane Davidson

Professor of Creative and Performing Arts (Music) Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne. As a practitioner, Jane has worked as an opera singer and music theatre director. She has coordinated voice at the Universities of Sheffield and Western Australia, offering a range of repertoire classes and staged productions. She continues this work at Melbourne, coordinating the Master of Music in Opera Performance.

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Learn from the best

Conservatorium voice students engage with leaders in vocal teaching and performance. The depth of experience among our staff in the areas of opera, art song and early music performance makes studying at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music a hugely rewarding experience.

Your teachers are practising artists who are well-connected to industry, and there are course-integrated opportunities to collaborate with students from other creative disciplines.

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