The Opera Revolution Starts Here

Tête à Tête is the future of opera.


Led by Artistic Director Bill Bankes-Jones with Music Director Timothy Burke we are a producing opera company and through our productions and opera festivals work with all kinds of artists to develop the artform.


You can see our past productions On Demand and explore our 2018 Festival On Stage. You can also read about our history here.

Artistic Director


Bill Bankes-Jones


Summarise your role in 20 words


Founder and driver of the company, dreaming up what we do together with our great team… and then doing it!


What has been your favourite moment as part of the Tête à Tête team?


Particularly special are those moments when a project gets real ignition between audience and artists, It’s what we always aim for and great that we can so often hit that.


What’s your favourite Tête à Tête production?


Flying Fox, Shorts, Six-Pack, The Canticles with Streetwise Opera, Nine Festivals, Salad Days, Pop up Operas always, Dart’s Love, Icarus, Daughters of the Elements, The Last Seed and many many more, too many to choose from!

Music Director


Timothy Burke


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Developing, rehearsing and conducting the new operas we commission; helping Bill with Festival curation. Bringing new music to life.


What has been your favourite moment as part of the Tête à Tête team?


I think my favourite ever moment was the day we made Dart’s Love in 2013, the first piece I conducted for Tête à Tête. I met the instrumentalists from CHROMA for the first time that morning – I’d been so nervous that I wouldn’t get to work with them before the day of the performance – and then they played it as if they’d been playing it all their lives. The whole Tête à Tête team were buzzing about the theatre doing everything at once, achieving what a national opera company would take 10 days to do in 1 day. Incredible.


What’s your favourite Tête à Tête production?


If I had to pick one, it’d be The Last Seed by Na’ama Zisser. I think it is like absolutely nothing else I’ve ever heard. The way 5 unusual male voices, all clustered around alto & tenor ranges, blend and intertwine, sharing out the words in a sentence, all wreathed around by the sounds and textures of CHROMA – it was a very special piece to create.

Administrative Director


Anna Gregg


Summarise your role in 20 words


The seat belt, mirror, indicator, manoeuvre… with many tire changes, petrol re-fuels, new brakes and buckets of acceleration. *Polish depending


What has been your favourite moment as part of the Tête à Tête team?


The whole ride, but the best bit is  talking to our artists about how we can make their time with us the best it can be. Mind you I do love rushing to the loos post performance to listen in on what audiences really thought about a show.


What’s your favourite Tête à Tête production?


Push!,  Amerika, The Last Seed, Salad Days, My Mother My Daughter, The Cumnor Affair but also  pretty much everything in every festival for its sheer ambition.

Our People


David Leeming



Julian Wright

Katie Price

Mindy Kilby

Nick Sutcliffe

Richard Ault

Vera Chok



Management Team


Artistic Director Bill Bankes-Jones

Music Director Timothy Burke

Administrative Director Anna Gregg

Technical Director David Salter

Consultant Sarah Playfair

Associate Ensemble CHROMA



Leo Doulton



Wildkat PR



Tête à Tête History



The Flying Fox






Orlando Plays Mad






Six-Pack (co-production English National Opera)

Britten’s Canticles (co-production Streetwise Opera)



Family Matters (work in progress)



Family Matters



Shetland Odyssey



Odysseus Unwound




Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 1

Blind Date



Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2

The Cumnor Affair



Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 3

Salad Days 1



Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 4

Salad Days 2



Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 5



Circus Tricks

Great Expectations (in association with the Royal College of Music)

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 6

Salad Days 3



Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 7



Hogarth’s Stages (in association with the Royal College of Music)


Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 8



Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 9



Crime & Punishment (in association with the Royal College of Music)

Cubitt Sessions, Kings Cross 1



Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 10

Cubitt Sessions, Kings Cross 2