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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

ROUGH FOR OPERA #15 | 07.03.17

rough for opera – a scratch night for new opera

Tête à Tête is delighted to be working with Second Movement on rough for opera #15.

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Boys of Paradise

15 – 21 October 2016

After a sold-out run last year, critically acclaimed opera ensemble workshOPERA, in association with Tête à Tête, returned to Egg LDN with “truly genre-breaking,” Boys of Paradise. This contemporary retelling of the phoenix myth brought audiences into the heart of the party for a neurotic, erotic, psychotic, operatic experience. Immersive, fun, fantastic, brilliant, funny & inspired were just some of the words audiences used to explain their experience. You can join the party to and watch the opera on Tête à Tête: The Operas Online very soon.

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The Hive

26 – 27 August 2016, Grimeborn, Arcola, London

Video now on-line HERE!

In August we put the shoe on the other foot and took a work-in-progress to Grimeborn. Working with Carole Hayman (author of Ladies of Letters) and Harvey Brough (of Harvey and the Wallbangers), we presented The Hive which was inspired by Carole’s research into the addictions and compulsions that propel humans to the darkest depths of psychopathic behaviour.

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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.


Operas online

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: