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Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2012 took place at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith London, 2 – 19 August 2012.

Hundreds of performers presented over 70 performances from 30 companies presenting entirely new work from dozens of composers involving hundreds of artists, a whole host of fringe activities and this year even a 2-day conference for singers. Clicking the images will take you to the information page for each show, including video footage (where available).

Read the Tête à Tête The Opera Festival 2012 evaluation

All to Play For
Opera Room Productions


Tête à Tête


Anaïs Nin
Ensemble BPM


The Boy From Brazil
Cosmica Productions


The Chainmakers’ Strike
And Then We Danced

Rod Morris as The Prince in this year's LSO showcase
The Daisy Chain
Gestalt Opera

Fragments of Sun
Efthymiou Music


The Francis Bacon Opera
The Crowe Ensemble

Foyer Performances

Hera’s List
ignite @ sounds of the engine house

Boii Theatre


Instant Doodle Opera


The Interrogation
of Adam Pollo

APRA Prodiuctions


It Makes No Difference
Simone Spagnolo


Flam Productions


Just So
Lucid Arts

The Lady of Satis House
Jacques Cohen

Lite Bites
Tête à Tête


Lite Bites Concert
Tête à Tête


Making Arrangements
Tête à Tête


The Magic Mirror/
One Small Step

Filament Theatre


Mermaid of Zennor
The Constella Orchestra


Mike the Headless Chicken
Gang of Rogues

Opera & Music Theatre Forum Fundraising Symposium

The Physicists
(Part One)

Renard Music Theatre


Queen of Names
Ergo Phizmiz

A Quiet Life
Release the Hounds

Salty Sarah
FREE Foyer performance

The Sandman
Size Zero Opera Company


Scottish Opera

The Shadow
of the Wave

The Shadow
Opera Group

The Singing Entrepreneur Forum

Thrashing the
Sea God

Joby Burgess

Three to Midnight
future opera company


The Trial of Jean Rhys
Worlds End Opera





A Voice of One Delight
McCaldin Arts

A Wild Evening
with the
Papin Sisters

An Eye for an Eye

The Yellow Dress
Opera at Home


Week 1 Round-up Video

Week 2 Round-up Video


Festival Round-up Video


  • Guardian Guide Pick of the Week
  • Independent on Sunday Critics Choice
  • The Times Critics Choice
  • The Independent Opera of the Week
  • The Independent I 5 Best Classical & Opera
  • The Independent I Everybody’s Talking About
  • Time Out Critics Choice
  • The Times Arts Editor’s pick for What’s on in London today
  • Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine unmissable events for August


…the programming is weird and wonderful, offering both comic and challenging chamber operas and music-theatre pieces on a bewildering range of subjects. There won’t be a single Olympic-themed work in sight, and there is even an opera about a headless chicken.

Time Out, 25 July 2012 – click the image to read the whole article
Opera of the week: Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, London W6
The Independent

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