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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 is 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 will be streamed live on 21 May starting at 19:30 BST via RCM and our websites.




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: