British Youth Opera has announced that Dame Felicity Lott will be taking over from Sir Thomas Allen as President. Allen was appointed Chancellor of the University of Durham in 2012 and continues to work as a baritone and director. Lott's appointment comes in time for the celebrations of BYO's 25th anniversary. There is a celebratory concert on 18 November at Cadogan Hall, London, with 35 soloists, all BYO alumni including Rosemary Joshua who sang in the first BYO Season.
The BYO 2013 Summer season takes place at the Peacock Theatre in September. Possible repertoire includes Britten's Turn of the Screw, and Paul Bunyan, Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto and Mozart's La finta giardiniera.