Reviving art song: New master specialisation 'Royal Song' coming up

21 May 2024

The Royal Conservatoire is proud to announce that from academic year 2025-2026, the Vocal Department will offer the master's specialisation 'Royal Lied' in collaboration with the International Lied Festival. Department head Marjolein Niels talks about this special collaboration in Opus Klassiek. Read the article here (in Dutch)

Kunstlied adapted to these times
"We really need to get rid of the idea that the Lied is a niche. That it would be a slow art form in which no new (young) audience is interested anymore. If we don't send out a different message in the Netherlands, no programmer will soon dare to book lied recital! A counter-movement is needed, starting with young musicians who have the capacities to do so, who want to pursue innovation and further explore this very special art form. It is really up to the young generation, the digital natives, young people who have grown up in a visual culture with internet and social media. Taking advantage of that as widely as possible is part of retelling that age-old message embedded in song, but adapted to these times and aimed at a new generation."

Registration for the Masters specialisation is possible from October 2024