BYO’s summer season productions offer four positions for pianists who want to develop their skills as Repetiteurs: two for each production. 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 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.

Repetiteurs 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.

In addition to sight-reading, applicants called to audition will be asked to present (singing and playing) two contrasting operatic excerpts of approximately ten minutes each, at least one of which should be in English and taken from an opera written in the last 75 years.


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.