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Master of Music Vocal Studies

The Maastricht Conservatorium Vocal department hosts an average of 40 students from more than 25 countries. It is led by a highly skilled, dynamic and renowned team. Regular class concerts, Lied projects and workshops are core elements of our philosophy. As a master's student, you can choose to focus more on opera or alternatively on Lied and Oratorio. The Liedclass offers three thematic blocks resulting in a masterclass by an international authority. The Maastricht Conservatorium Vocal department produces each year a fully staged opera production. As the founder and proactive member of the European Opera Academy network consisting of 16 European conservatoires, we take pride in sharing international modules for education, masterclasses and opera productions. 

Meet our team

Meet your lecturers

Federico Santi

Coordinator Opera

Born in Turin, where he has studied composition, orchestra conducting, piano

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Axel Everaert

Classical solo singing / Opera

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Yvonne Schiffelers

Classical Singing / Opera

After completing her vocal studies at Conservatorium Maastricht, Dutch mezzo-

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Susanne Schimmack

Classical Singing / Opera

When German soprano Susanne Schimmack performed in the 1997 Cardiff Singer of

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Roger Smeets

Lecturer Opera Productions

Dutch baritone Roger Smeets (born 1960) studied at Conservatorium Maastricht,

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Anouk Habets

Moving Techniques (opera)

Anouk is responsible for movement lessons at the classical department Conserv

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Nynke van den Bergh

Acting techniques (opera)

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Abigail Richards

Correpetitor Classical Singing Department

British pianist Abigail Richards (1979) is a specialist in vocal repertoire,

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Florence Bizeul

Lecturer French - Classical Vocal Department

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Rosi Jaax

Lecturer German - Classical Vocal Department

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Pascale Rozier

Coach opera training

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Henrieke Herber

Substitute Lecturer Italian - Classical Vocal Department

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Before you apply


First round  

The audition consists of two rounds. For the first round, the candidate needs to record 3 videos that contain:  

  • Video 1: A short introduction of him/herself in English: talk about your musical experiences, your motivation to study music, your main subject and why you choose to audition at Conservatorium Maastricht.  

  • Video 2: In the second video, the candidate demonstrates his/her artistic and technical skills. Each aria or song should be recorded in one take, without cuts or any edits. The candidate should start by speaking their name and student number of Conservatorium Maastricht. The videos should contain:  

  • 3 arias (opera, operetta or oratorio) from at least 2 different periods in at least two different languages.  

  • 3 songs  

All repertoire, except the oratorio, must be sung by heart.  


Additional videos (not required): the candidate may provide concert video registrations.  

The videos should be uploaded to an online platform such as or It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure that the video links work.

Second round   

The committee may decide to invite the candidate for an online or in-person live audition after reviewing the video material. The repertoire for the live audition remains the same. Additional repertoire requests can be made by the committee.  

In the second round, the candidate is always invited to an online interview with one of the Master Project Coaches. In this interview we discuss the candidate's motivation and experience in the field of research and cultural entrepreneurship. The Master Project Coach furthermore determines the level of English proficiency.