Applications for the positions of Repetiteur 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 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

Repetiteurs will need to be available from Monday 16 July to Saturday 8 September 2018.

Applicants should prepare two contrasting operatic excerpts of approximately ten minutes each, to be chosen from the following:

  1. a scene from a Baroque opera that includes recitative and a musical number;
  2. an extract from the standard Italian, German or French repertoire;
  3. a passage from an opera written in English during the last 75 years.

Both excerpts should include at least two characters (i.e. not an aria). Candidates should be prepared to sing in vocal lines in English or the original language as they play. Candidates may also be given a sight-reading test.

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.