British Youth Opera is the UK’s foremost training opera company. Through an annual programme of workshops and fully-staged operas, we provide the very best professional development for singers and for music, creative and production staff at the start of their careers.


British Youth Opera is a rarified gem in the training field of opera. It provided me with the most useful and enjoyable springboard into the singing profession and I owe them a great deal.
Nicky Spence – Tenor and alumnus

British Youth Opera has helped a huge number of talented and committed young people in a very concrete and practical way to make the transition in to the professional world of opera.
Martyn Brabbins – Music Director, ENO

BYO is a touchstone for the profession, the roots of the tree that is my career in Opera.
Ashley Dean – Director and alumnus

British Youth Opera fulfils a distinct and focused talent development role in the opera and music theatre sector, providing highly regarded training as a bridge to professional careers for a wide range of performing, backstage and producing roles.
Arts Council England