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

 

Summarise your role in 20 words

 

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

Chairman

David Leeming

 

Trustees

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

 

Marketing

Leo Doulton

 

Press

Wildkat PR

 

 

Tête à Tête History

 

1998

The Flying Fox

 

1999

Shorts

 

2000

Orlando Plays Mad

 

2001

Shorts

 

2002

Six-Pack (co-production English National Opera)

Britten’s Canticles (co-production Streetwise Opera)

 

2003

Family Matters (work in progress)

 

2004

Family Matters

 

2005

Shetland Odyssey

 

2006

Odysseus Unwound

Push

 

2007

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 1

Blind Date

 

2008

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2

The Cumnor Affair

 

2009

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 3

Salad Days 1

 

2010

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 4

Salad Days 2

 

2011

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 5

 

2012

Circus Tricks

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

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 6

Salad Days 3

 

2013

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 7

 

2014

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

Grind

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 8

 

2015

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 9

 

2016

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

Cubitt Sessions, Kings Cross 1

 

2017

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 10

Cubitt Sessions, Kings Cross 2