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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.

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.


What’s On


The Hive

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.

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Tête à Tête, Cubitt Sessions

31st July – 13th August, Cubitt Square, King’s Cross, London
We presented six nights of FREE new opera as part of King’s Cross’ Cubitt Sessions this Summer. Improvisation, intimate secrets, football chants, Bollywood and the fusion of aerialists and classical musicians took early evening audiences on a series of adventures with companies from Europe, UK and the US.

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The Future of Opera: Bill Bankes-Jones

On 23rd July 2016, Tête à Tête’s Artistic Director Bill Bankes-Jones set out his vision for the future of opera in a TED-style talk as part of Curious? Festival – a day of mind-bending talks, experiments and creative collaborations in King’s Cross.

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?

Toni Castells’ collaboration with the Aquinas Piano Trio and Helios Voices inspired by Singularity, a new era set to start in 2045 by the technoscientific community in which humans and machines finally merge.

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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

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: