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British Youth Opera

British Youth Opera provides training opportunities for young opera singers and technical trainees, helping them gain experience by rehearsing and performing two full-scale operatic productions in the annual summer season, under the supervision and guidance of experienced professional staff. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £42,374
  • 2013-2014: £43,349
  • 2014-2015: £44,477

Video feed

The Secret Marriage (Act I finale), BYO 2013

From British Youth Opera's production of Domenico Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage, September 2013, featuring Heather Lowe (Fidalma), Frazer B Scott (Geronimo), Nick Pritchard (Paolino), Alice Rose Privett (Carolina), Rosalind Coad (Elisetta) and Bradley Travis (Count Robinson). English version by Donald Pippin. Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Roy Laughlin. Directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans. For more information see http://www.byo.org.uk/performances/2013_season.html.

Paul Bunyan (from Act 2, Scene 2: The Christmas Party), BYO 2013

From British Youth Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan, September 2013, featuring Samuel Smith (Johnny Inkslinger), Adam Temple-Smith, Craig Jackson & Stefan Berkieta (Christmas Soloists), Emily Vine (Fido), Grace Durham (Moppet), Ayaka Tanimoto (Poppet), Louise Kemeny (Tiny), Peter Kirk (Hot Biscuit Slim), Timothy Connor (Hel Helson), Daniel Hawkins (John Shears) and Dominick Felix (Western Union Boy). Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Peter Robinson. Directed by William Kerley. For more information see http://www.byo.org.uk/performances/2013_season.html.

Once in a while...

Happy Birthday Mr Britten! (from British Youth Opera's Paul Bunyan, September 2013, in association with Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Peter Robinson) "But once in a while the odd thing happens, Once in a while the dream comes true, And the whole pattern of life is repeated, Once in a while the moon turns blue."

Happy Paul Bunyan Day!

10 August was Paul Bunyan Day! Visit www.paulbunyanday.org.uk for pictures, stories and ticket offers from British Youth Opera (www.byo.org.uk) and Welsh National Opera Youth Opera (www.wno.org.uk/paulbunyan).

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A Night at the Chinese Opera (excerpts), BYO 2012

From British Youth Opera's production of Judith Weir's A Night at the Chinese Opera, September 2012, featuring Louise Kemeny (Little Moon), Jamie Rock (Chao Sun), Helen Bruce (Mrs Chin), Thomas Elwin (Old P'eng), Johnny Herford (Chao Lin), Jean-Baptiste Mouret (Mongolian Soldier), Catherine Backhouse, Louise Kemeny and Peter Kirk (Three Actors). Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Lionel Friend. Directed by Stuart Barker. For more information see http://www.byo.org.uk/performances/2012_season.html.

The Bartered Bride (excerpts), BYO 2012

From British Youth Opera's production of Smetana's The Bartered Bride, September 2012, featuring Luis Gomes (Jeník), Katherine Crompton (Mařenka), Samuel Furness (Vašek), Jennifer France (Esmeralda), Simon Gfeller (The Ringmaster), Matthew Stiff (Kecal) and Matthew Wright (Krušina). Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Peter Robinson. Directed by Rodula Gaitanou. Translation by Kit Hesketh-Harvey for the Royal Opera House. For more information see http://www.byo.org.uk/performances/2012_season.html.

The Cunning Little Vixen (from Act III), BYO 2004

From British Youth Opera's production of Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, September 2004, featuring: Lucy Crowe (Vixen 'Sharp Ears') Malin Christensson (Fox) Edmund Connolly (Harašta, a poacher) Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Alexander Ingram. Directed by Stephen Medcalf. Filmed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Le nozze di Figaro (from Act II finale), BYO 2011

From British Youth Opera's production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, September 2011, featuring Matthew Stiff (Figaro), Ellie Laugharne (Susanna), Thomas Faulkner (Doctor Bartolo), Sioned Gwen Davies (Marcellina), John Savournin (Count Almaviva), Bo Wang (Don Basilio), Eleanor Dennis (Countess Almaviva) and Matthew Kellett (Antonio). Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Alexander Ingram. Directed by William Kerley.

The Rape of Lucretia (from Act I, scene II), BYO 2011

From British Youth Opera's production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, September 2011, featuring (in order of singing) Kate Symonds-Joy (Bianca), Sónia Grané (Lucia), Elin Pritchard (Female Chorus), Rowan Hellier (Lucretia), Alexander Sprague (Male Chorus) and Ashley Riches (Tarquinius). Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Peter Robinson. Directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans.

La bohème (from Act II), BYO 2010

from British Youth Opera's production of Puccini's La Bohème, September 2010, featuring (in order of singing), Benjamin Cahn (Colline), Matthew Sprange (Schaunard), Koji Terada (Marcello), John Pierce (Rodolfo), Susana Gaspar (Mimì), Barnaby Rea (Alcindoro) and Anna Patalong (Musetta). See http://www.byo.org.uk/performances/2010_season.html for full cast and creative team.

Euridice (from Act II), BYO 2010

from British Youth Opera's production of Stephen Oliver's Euridice, September 2010, featuring (in order of singing) Paul Curievici (Orpheus), Matthew Wright (Pluto) and Càtia Moreso (Proserpina).

Flight (from Act I finale), BYO 2008

from British Youth Opera's production of Jonathan Dove's Flight, September 2008, featuring Andrew Radley (Refugee), Verity Parker (Controller), Nicky Spence (Bill), Colette Boushell (Tina), Emma Carrington (Older Woman), Kristen Darragh (Stewardess), Duncan Rock (Steward) and Charlotte Stephenson (Minskwoman).

La Rondine (from Act II), BYO 2008

from British Youth Opera's production of Puccini's La Rondine, September 2008, featuring Meeta Raval (Magda), Sadhbh Dennedy (Lisette), Telman Guzhevsky (Ruggero) and Thomas Herford (Prunier).

Albert Herring (from Act III), BYO 2007

from British Youth Opera's production of Britten's Albert Herring, September 2007, featuring Katherine Broderick (Lady Billows), Kristen Darragh (Florence Pike), Emma Jayakumar (Miss Wordsworth), David Butt Philip (Mr Gedge), Gareth John (Mr Upfold), George Humphreys (Superintendent Budd), Benedict Nelson (Sid), Ben Johnson (Albert Herring), Tania Mandzy (Nancy) and Catherine Hopper (Mrs Herring)

Don Giovanni (from Act I finale), BYO 2006

from British Youth Opera's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, September 2006, featuring Viktor Rud (Don Giovanni), George Matheakakis (Leporello), Alinka Kozári (Donna Anna), John-Colyn Gyeantey (Don Ottavio), Pamela Hay (Donna Elvira), Eliana Pretorian (Zerlina) and George Humphreys (Masetto)

The Rake's Progress (Epilogue), BYO 2009

from British Youth Opera's production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, September 2009, featuring Rhona McKail (Anne Trulove), Lilly Papaioannou (Baba The Turk), Nicky Spence (Tom Rakewell), Michael Parle (Trulove) and Derek Welton (Nick Shadow).

La scala di seta (excerpt), BYO 2009

from British Youth Opera's production of Rossini's La scala di seta ('The silken ladder'), September 2009, featuring (in order of singing) Carlos Nogueira (Dorvil), Gary Griffiths (Germano), Aaron Alphonsus McAuley (Blansac) and Natalya Romaniw (Giulia).

ll Signor Bruschino (excerpt), BYO 2009

from British Youth Opera's production of Il Signor Bruschino, September 2009, featuring (in order of singing) Benjamin Cahn (Filiberto), Elena Sancho (Sofia), Adriana Festeu (Marianna), Thomas Herford (Florville), Michel de Souza (Gaudenzio), Eliot Alderman (Commissario) and Thomas Kennedy (Bruschino padre).

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