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 Belongings   2018 Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus (in association with the Royal College of Music) Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 11