British Youth Opera

BYO 26th Annual Summer Season

BYO’s Annual Summer Season offers coaching, training and mentoring to young singers, musicians, artistic and technical trainees during the process of rehearsing and producing two professionally-staged operas - benefitting over 100 young people to add to the list of 1,500 previous BYO participants!

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Opera is a particularly demanding artform, requiring expertise and experience in many disciplines and rigorous artistic standards. Talented young individuals therefore need careful training and coaching if they are to realise their potential and excel in this challenging field. The transition between formal education (for example, at music colleges) and a professional opera career can be a difficult one, with very few opportunities to gain experience in supportive environments.

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Our training programmes provide participants with invaluable experience of working in a professional opera company beyond their usual previous background of undergraduate music education and postgraduate opera courses and productions. Essential to these programmes is the provision of sufficient time, resources and guidance to allow them to experience a supportive, stimulating and professional environment before entering a profession in which the pressures on performers can be intense.