Assistant Directors

 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 HAVE NOW CLOSED.
Keep an eye out for when they re-open for the 2020 season in the autumn of 2019.

 

British Youth Opera is the UK's foremost training opera company, and the only one of its kind offering such opportunities to emerging directors.

BYO’s summer season productions offers four positions for Assistant Directors: two for each production. 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. For details of some of the professionals who have worked with our trainees in the past, see The Professionals*.

The First Assistant Directors’ 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.

The Second Assistant Directors’ responsibilities include:

  • attending all production rehearsals and assisting the Director as required
  • assisting the First Assistant Director in 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.

 

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.



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