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Tête à Tête is the future of opera

With a double celebration next year, Tête à Tête is looking forward to marking its first 20 years leading new opera with its next and 10th festival in 2017.

The build up to these celebrations will see Tête à Tête continue to seek adventure and innovation in opera, poised to lead with its artistic vision forward into the next era.

Through producing new works and invigorating familiar, well-loved works, as well as leading discussions and exploring support models for the artistic community, Tête à Tête shares its passions and knowledge to explore not what the future of opera is, but what it might become.

What’s On


Crime and Punishment

20 & 21 May 2016, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS

Tête à Tête was delighted to be working once again with the Royal College of Music on a series of six short operas created by RCM composers and performed by RCM singers.

Inspired by Dostoevsky, each opera packs a punch in just fifteen minutes. Directed by Bill Bankes-Jones, conducted by Lionel Friend, designed by Sarah Booth.

More info

Crime and Punishment was streamed live on 21 May and you can continue to view it below.

Please note that some of the operas contain adult themes.




Devoted & Disgruntled : How can we change opera for the better?

Our 2016 season began in a collaboration with Improbable and ENO to connect over 150 lovers of opera to address this question. Read Artistic Director, Bill Bankes-Jones’ blog all about it HERE

UK Creative Arts Leading Light Award

We are delighted to announce that on 7th January 2016 we were awarded a UK Creative Arts Leading Light Awards 2015, The LLA Online Award 2015, for our Tête à Tête: The Operas Online.

The Operas Online is the world’s largest video archive of 21st century new opera and includes over 400 operas we have produced or hosted at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, and are watched by a worldwide audience.

Here is Dart’s Love, one of the videos from our operas online: