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Festival 2009 – Press


“There’s Greek Drama, neo-cabaret, improvisation, comedy and tragedy too… Whatever else you won’t be bored” London Metro 30.07.09

“As the company that pioneered the 15-minute opera form and scored a world first by staging an opera inside a zorb ball, Tete a Tete has always been at the cutting edge.” The Independent 31.07.09

“The third night of Tête à Tête’s annual festival at Riverside Studios opened with spangles, smiles, suicidal urges, a singing horse and what director Bill Bankes-Jones called “more of a rehearsal than a performance”.
Independent on Sunday 09.08.09 READ FULL REVIEW

“THIS is one for people who don’t mind pot luck. Tête à Tête, a company dedicated to operatic innovation, provides a capacious umbrella under which small-scale “music theatre” groups come together for an annual informal festival of new, experimental work.” Daily Telegraph review 10.08.09 READ FULL REVIEW

She came, she saw, she flashed her knickers: well, at least Abi Titmuss knows what her theatrical appeal depends on, whether she’s in Nuts magazine or appearing in a satirical new opera about self-pitying paparazzi, shown as part of Tête àTête Opera’s festival of new work. The Times 11.08.09 READ FULL REVIEW

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“Our most inventive and unconventional laboratory for new opera” – The Telegraph

“Commendable grassroots music theatre with much to enjoy – check it out” – Time Out

“Tete a Tete goes where other opera companies fear to tread, and its gregarious Festival takes no hostages” – BBC Music Magazine

“the most prominent, punchy and persistent fringe-opera venture in the UK” – Classical Music