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.
Leading with its artistic vision for the future of opera, the build up to these celebrations sees Tête à Tête continue to seek adventure and innovation in all it does.
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.
2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?
6th July, 7.30pm St James’s Church Piccadilly, London
We’re delighted to be working with composer Toni Castells once again in his first collaboration with Aquinas Piano Trio and Mark Sproson’s Helios Voices. Blending classical ensemble, operatic voices and electronica/sound art, 2045 is inspired by a Time Magazine article from 2011 that cited 2045 as the year in which humans and machines will finally merge, converting us basically into machines, allowing us to stop ageing and live indefinitely.
Tête à Tête, Cubitt Sessions
31st July – 13th August, Cubitt Square, King’s Cross, London
We are thrilled to present 6 nights of new opera as part of King’s Cross’ Cubitt Sessions. Improvisation, intimate secrets, football chants and the fusion of aerialists and classical musicians take early evening audiences on a series of adventures with companies from all over Europe.
Full listings announced late June
26th and 27th August, 8pm, Grimeborn, Arcola, London
From Carole Hayman, author of Ladies of Letters, and Harvey Brough, of Harvey and the Wallbangers, comes The Hive, a new opera inspired by Hayman’s research into the addictions and compulsions that propel humans to the darkest depths of psychopathic behaviour. Produced by Tête à Tête, The Hive is directed by Artistic Director Bill Bankes-Jones who brings his trademark theatrical flair to this work in progress.
Crime and Punishment
Having once again worked with the Royal College of Music on a series of six short operas, each opera packs a punch in just fifteen minutes and can be watch in full HERE. This production was also our first ever live stream which was watched by 4000 people worldwide, check out the twitter commentary hashtagged #CandP.
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
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: