Assistant Conductors


Applications for the positions of Assistant Conductor are now open.

2018 Summer Season productions:

Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, etc. The Enchanted Island (conducted by Nicholas Kraemer) – a pasticcio devised by Jeremy Sams and premiered by the Metropolitan Opera in 2011

Igor Stravinsky The Rake's Progress (conducted by Lionel Friend)

BYO's Summer Season productions offer two positions for Assistant Conductors. Applicants should be at the start of their careers, have a particular interest in opera and have previous experience of orchestral conducting as well as working with singers. We are looking for participants with excellent musicianship skills and ability to manage their workload in a set time-frame.

Assistant Conductors work with a professional Conductor during rehearsals and act as Conductor for cover performances.

Assistant Conductors' responsibilities include:

  • attending all music and production rehearsals and assisting the Conductor with the musical preparation at all rehearsals and performances
  • running and conducting sectionals if needed
  • directing warm-ups at the discretion of the Music Director
  • rehearsing the cover cast, together with the Assistant Director
  • conducting the cover cast in the cover showing, a selection of scenes from the opera lasting 60 to 75 minutes, which is performed on stage with orchestra
  • giving pre-performance talks at the Peacock Theatre together with the Assistant Director.  

Applicants are asked to prepare a short movement for piano, not of any virtuosity, but to show musical sensibility and performance instinct. They may also be asked by the panel to conduct a brief extract from the current BYO repertoire and give evidence of score-reading ability. Video recordings are NOT required.

Rehearsals commence in London on Monday 16 July 2018. You would be required until the end of the season on Saturday 8 September 2018.

To apply, please download an application form and return it with your CV and covering letter to Auditions will take place in London on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 9 April 2018.

British Youth Opera is the UK’s premier company for training new and emerging operatic talent. It offers valuable opportunities for young singers to receive professional training in all aspects of opera through workshops and master classes, and to take part in rehearsals and performances in its annual Summer Season of opera at the Peacock Theatre in London.

BYO's primary purpose is to offer operatic experience to those who have a serious aim of pursuing careers in opera performance, are at the start of their careers, and are new to the profession.

BYO is a training organisation; successful candidates do not pay to participate in the Summer Season (for which a contribution towards subsistence will be given).

British Youth Opera regrets that it is unable to provide feedback on interviews or auditions and reserves the right to alter the proposed repertoire.