BYO’s Summer Season productions offer positions for pianists who want to develop their skills as Repetiteurs. Applicants should be at the start of their career, have a fluent keyboard technique as well as excellent sight-reading skills, and have some experience of working with singers and playing for opera rehearsals. Candidates should also have good interpersonal and communication skills.

Repetiteurs work with professional conductors during rehearsals, and with assistant conductors during cover rehearsals.

Repetiteurs' responsibilities may include:

  • playing for music rehearsals, production rehearsals and stage/piano rehearsals
  • coaching singers in conjunction with professional vocal coaches and language coaches
  • playing continuo/keyboard instruments or musical effects in the pit or backstage during performances
  • conducting a backstage chorus, band or soloist at rehearsals and performances

For Summer Season productions 2018

Possible Repertoire to include:

Handel Alcina
Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea
Stravinsky The Rake's Progress
Wolf Der Corregidor
Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, etc.  The Enchanted Island - a pastiche devised by Jeremy Sams and premiered by the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 

The final choice of two operas will be made at the end of February and announced on the website.

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 19 March 2018.

Details of requirements will be announced in due course.

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.