Assistant Conductors


BYO's summer season productions offer two positions for Assistant Conductors: one for each production. Applicants should be at the start of their careers, have a particular interest in opera and have previous experience of orchestral conducting as well as working with singers. We are looking for participants with excellent musicianship skills and ability to manage their workload in a set time-frame.

Assistant Conductors work with a professional Conductor during rehearsals and act as Conductor for cover performances. For details of some of the professionals who have worked with our trainees in the past, see The Professionals*.

Assistant Conductors' responsibilities include:

  • attending all music and production rehearsals and assisting the Conductor with the musical preparation at all rehearsals and performances
  • running and conducting sectionals if needed
  • directing warm-ups at the discretion of the Music Director
  • rehearsing the cover cast, together with the Assistant Director
  • conducting the cover cast in 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 Director.


For Summer Season 2019:


The repertoire will be announced later this year, and will be taken from the following shortlist:

Scoring a Century (Blake, Warner)

Così fan tutte (Mozart)

Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)

La Cenerentola (Mozart)


Rehearsals commence in London on Monday 15 July 2019.

Assistant Conductors are required until the end of the season on 7 September 2019.


Application Process:

To apply please complete the application form and return it with a CV and covering letter to by 12:00 on Friday 8 March 2019. 

Interviews will be held in London on Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 March 2019.

Applicants called to audition should prepare a short movement for piano, not of any virtuosity, but to show musical sensibility and performance instinct. They may also be asked by the panel to conduct a brief extract from the current BYO repertoire and give evidence of score-reading ability. Video recordings are NOT required.


Financial matters:

BYO charges no fees. Every participant who gains a place on a summer season production benefits from a fully-funded placement, and is paid a small subsistence.

Accommodation in London can be provided for a limited number of successful applicants who do not have a London base and would otherwise be unable to participate.


2019 Music Trainee Application Form.pdf