Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Vocal and Acting Studies Department

VOCAL STUDIES - Solo Singing - Opera, second-cycle

Level of study: second-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: ogólnoakademicki Duration: 2 years

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Fields of studies and specializations

Conducting units


from 2020-05-01 to 2020-06-20 23:59:00




MA studies, Major: Vocal Studies (Specialty: Solo Singing – Opera, Solo Singing – Chamber Music, and Solo Singing – Early Music) are, according to the approved and implemented concept, specialty studies focused on studying selected range of professional skills, according to candidates’ voice preferences and defined artistic passions. The curriculum consists of education packages and it allows for a quite substantial scope of freedom as for the individually adjusted programme. Students are required to complete the basic package (basic subjects plus specialty subjects). The remaining part of the programme is filled according to students’ individual selection from a wide catalogue of optional subjects offered by the university, including the “multimedia” package and “pedagogic course” package. The studies also offer an option to acquire practical skills thanks to participation in operas, concerts and music events presented at the FCUM and other institutions of culture – cooperation with Gorzów Philharmonic, Holy Cross Philharmonic, Subcarpathian Philharmonic, Musicakademie Rheinsberg, Paderewski Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, Jan Kiepura Festival in Krynica, and others.

List of class teachers in the academic year 2020/2021:

  • professors: Ryszard Cieśla, Robert Cieśla, Ewa Iżykowska-Lipińska, Izabela Kłosińska, Jerzy Knetig, Małgorzata Marczewska, Mikołaj Moroz, Jadwiga Rappé, Włodzimierz Zalewski;
  • professors at the FCUM: Jolanta Janucik, Krystyna Jaźwińska-Dobosz, Anna Radziejewska;
  • holders of post-doctoral degree (dr hab.): Robert Gierlach, Magdalena Idzik, Małgorzata Kubala, Dorota Radomska, Eugenia Rozlach;
  • holders of doctoral degree (dr): Joanna Freszel, AeRan Kim, Agnieszka Kurowska-Janecka, yang Liu, Anna Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział, Aleksandra Resztik, Katarzyna Trylnik, Ye Young Sohn, Witold Żołądkiewicz;
  • holders of MA degree: Jeannette Bożałek, Erni Deng, Jacek Laszczkowski, Anna Simińska, Małgorzata Trojanowska

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.


  • singing – sending audio-video recordings
  • ear training – online test (using the ZOOM app)
  • interview – online test (using the ZOOM app)

Scope of material

  • singing  candidates are required to present a programme of about 15 minutes (14-16) consisting of solo opera music in its original language. It is allowed to make a recording in a “karaoke: form, i.e., to pre-recorded accompaniment. The recording may be saved in one or more files.
  • ear training  – online exam
    During the exam, the committee will provide a pdf file with exercises checking a candidate’s score and rhythm reading skills

Ear training materials are prepared by the committee.

  • interview – candidates prepare a 10-minute speech on one of the topics listed below:
    • types of recitatives – examples,
    • favourite vocal opera part – justification,
    • current opera performances in Poland or around the world – staging description,
    • film adaptations of operas – pros and cons, on the basis of a selected example,
    • great vocal profiles in the past or in present time – description of voice type, most important events in their career, importance,
    • favourite opera composer – justification,
    • opera or operetta – scenario for a discussion of two experts with contradicting views,
    • music festivals in Poland on the basis of selected examples – social function, scope of influence,

After listening to candidates’ speeches the committee asks a question on a different topic selected from the above catalogue.

Date of exams

01.07.2020 - 06.07.2020 (on-line)