Assistant Designers


Applications for the positions of Assistant Designer are now open.

2018 Summer Season productions:

Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, etc. The Enchanted Island - a pasticcio devised by Jeremy Sams and premiered by the Metropolitan Opera

Igor Stravinsky The Rake's Progress

BYO’s Summer Season productions offer four positions for Assistant Designers. Applicants should be at the start of their careers, have an interest in both costume and set design and some practical theatre experience.

The Assistant Designer will work with a professional Designer throughout the design process of our Summer Season.

The Assistant Designer’s responsibilities include:

  • assisting the Designer with research
  • assisting with making the set model
  • attending model showings, production meetings, costume fittings and other meetings as required
  • assisting stage management with selection of props
  • attending some production rehearsals and all stage rehearsals

Assistant Designers ideally have some availability from May, then full-time from Monday 23 July to Saturday 8 September 2018.

To apply, please download an application form and return it with your CV and covering letter to

Interviews will be held in London during April/May; applicants should bring their design portfolio.

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 (and technical support staff ) 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.