Tête à Tête is…
…a charity committed to exploring the future of opera by producing new works, finding new ways of producing old works year-round, and hosting many hundreds of other companies at its annual summer Festival. Thus Tête à Tête brings artists and audience together to explore hand-in-hand the future of opera.
We are gearing up for a very exciting 2014 Season Announcement. With over 400 artists making 50-plus shows, we will perform from Aberdeen to London, including our annual Festival 24 July – 10 August.
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Salad Days live recording now available!
Pass on the joy of “summer, sunshine and laughter” to the lives of your loved ones this winter. The perfect gift this Christmas, you will have them dancing around the house all holiday!
Tête à Tête has released a live performance recording of its smash hit 4* production of Salad Days. Recorded in February 2013 at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith. It includes every song from the much loved musical and is now available to buy on line as a CD or a download.
For more info and to order click HERE
A great way to get involved in Tête à Tête is to meet up with lots of creatives, performers and producers at one of our Speed Dating events. Details of when and where the next one is will be be uploaded soon. Click HERE to find out what is is all about.
“Access all arias” (Evening Standard)
Final round-up video
Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival landed safely at its final destination on Sunday 18 August after a thrilling flight into the future of opera.
With over 30 productions and 100 plus performances at Riverside Studios and out on the streets, artists from throughout the UK shared, sang, composed, wrote, acted, designed, danced and played with audiences.
You can re-live the thrills and spills of 2013 by viewing the performances at our operas online page.
Read Festival regular, Laura Bowler, talking about making opera to The Guardian HERE
On 26th June 2013 the Chancellor announced his Spending Review for 2015-16. With an 8% cut to the Department of Media, Culture and Sport, and a 5% cut to Arts Council England, this is the best of the three scenarios projected. But it is still very harsh, with 1/3 of ACE’s regularly funded clients due to be cut. We feel very vulnerable, of course.
You can still do things about that – use the find your MP tool, and then write to them telling them how much you care, like we did. You can check whether or not they have signed Early Day Motion 191 on the Value of the Arts here, and if they haven’t, write to them and encourage them to do so.
Please do something!
GRIND – Tête à Tête receives PRSF Biennial Award 2014
We’re very happy to announce that Tête à Tête is one of 20 organisations selected from 130 applications for the PRSF Biennial 2014.
Grind blends skateboarding, choral singing and the unique acoustic of skate parks. Tête à Tête and composer Samuel Bordoli will team up with skaters and community choirs to make a real noise in London, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
As well as composing two commissions for Tête à Tête, New World (words Mark Ravenhill, 2011) and Amerika (2012), Samuel Bordoli is the founding genius behind Live Music Sculpture. A live music sculpture is a natural progression from the conventional way of experiencing and conceiving music. It is a form where we can explore the relationship we have with our own ears and the endless acoustic possibilities of sound and the impact it can have upon linear or spatially conceived structures It blends together the ideas of music, time, sculpture and space. A very natural springboard to explore the acoustic and sounds of skate parks in music.
Read Samuel’s blog talking about his inspiration and plans for Grind HERE
Whether you’re an opera lover, artist, promoter, funder or simply looking for a “great night in”, there is definitely something for you on these pages. Click the title above and you can watch and listen to new operas from the UK produced between 1999 and the present day.
the operatic revolution starts here!
BBC Music Magazine, April 2013