Assistant Directors


Applications for the positions of Assistant Director 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 offers two positions for Assistant Directors. Applicants should be at the start of their careers, have a particular interest in opera and have experience of directing their own opera productions.

An Assistant Director will work with a professional Director during rehearsals and act as Director for cover performances.

Assistant Director’s responsibilities include:

  • attending all production rehearsals and assisting the Director as required
  • together with the Assistant Conductor, rehearsing the covers for 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 Conductor

Assistant Directors will need to be available 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

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.