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This course represents a unique opportunity for Master’s students at the Royal Conservatoire.

In June 2019, LICHT, a cycle of seven operas composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen, will be performed in its entirely in a single programme. This mega project, the largest-ever operatic production, is a joint production of the Royal Conservatoire, the Dutch National Opera and the Holland Festival. Fifteen hours of music in a three-day marathon at a single location.

The event will give the public a unique opportunity to experience a musical universe created by one of the most important contemporary composers. Stockhausen devoted more than thirty years to the cycle, together with a small team of singers, instrumentalists and sound engineers. The Holland Festival and the National Opera intend to transform the skills and expertise of those musicians into a production designed by Pierre Audi. It is a chance for a new generation of musicians to reimagine this monumental work by an innovative, creative and visionary composer and perform it in its entirety.

The Royal Conservatoire The Hague is offering a two-year Master in Music for sound engineers, singers and instrumentalists in preparation for the performance of the entire aus LICHT cycle in 2019. You will be coached and taught, as a soloist or member of an ensemble, by musicians who worked on LICHT with Stockhausen. During the course, you will explore Stockhausen’s oeuvre in a wider perspective. You will become part of a new generation of musicians specialising in the performance of (parts of) LICHT. The Music Master Stockhausen aus LICHT will commence with the Stockhausen Concerts and Clinics in Kürten, Germany, organised by the Stockhausen Foundation and being held from 29 July until 6 August 2017.


We believe it is important that you develop into a self-sustaining musician who can handle the ever-changing professional practice well. For this reason you are required to do research on a topic of your choice during the master's programme. You will be assisted by a research supervisor, follow an introductory course about doing (artistic) research and an elective in your first year. You will participate in a Master circle, a 'peer-to-peer ' group consisting of fellow students and a circle leader. At the end of your master’s programme you are required to present the results of your research. Upon registration to the master's programme, you must write a study plan (Master Plan), in which you describe how you want to compile your master’s programme. Please take a look at the handbook here.






2 years


Master of Music

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Department head

Renee Jonker

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