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Tête à Tête is the future of opera



Tête à Tête:The Opera Festival, King’s Cross

The World’s Largest Festival of New Opera
21 July – 9 August 2015

After the highly successful move to our new home in 2014, we are delighted to give advance notice of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2015.

Whether you are an old friend of the festival or you are a newcomer who is curious to find out more about who we are and what to do, come and join us and the hundreds of artists and performers who work with us and immerse yourself in the thrilling world of new opera.

Our festival programme this year runs from 21 July to 9 August and will extend to more than 100 performances across a wide range of venues in and around the King’s Cross area, fast becoming recognised as a major hub for contemporary arts in London.

We schedule at least 3 short performances each evening allowing you to make the most of the festival and experience and enjoy as much of our artists’ and performers’ work as possible.

Tickets go on sale on 7th May.


2014 was a tremendous year for Tête à Tête. We:

    ► Produced 5 opera ourselves, hosted over 35 others and presented over 80 performances involving over 400 artists at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival


    ► Co-produced an evening of 5 short operas, Hogarth’s Stages, with the Royal College of Music


    ► Commissioned and produced GRIND with skateboarders and choirs in Aberdeen, Dumbarton and London as part of the prestigious PRSF New Music Biennial


    ► Played to live audiences of over 10,000


    ► Played to online audiences of over 20,000


    ► Secured continued 3 years Arts Council National Portfolio funding


    ► Seen Kerry Andrew, the composer of our Tête à Tête commission Dart’s Love, win the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors 2014 Best Stage Work Award.


We even made it on to the BBC London News, for the right reason, talking all about our relocation of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival to King’s Cross. The challenge was transferring the Festival intact from Riverside Studios to our new home at the Platform Theatre complex at Central Saint Martins, Kings Place and the surrounding public spaces whilst keeping the focus on supporting our artists and producing exciting new work for our audiences. It worked – the Festival moved, we got fantastic feedback from everyone.

    It’s a good move. The venue offers excellent performance facilities and the foyers were buzzing with the sort of fashionable youth that more mainstream operatic institutions would give their eye-teeth to attract. There was an invigorating sense of ideas being sparked and connections made. Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2014