Pop Up Operas 2019: With Your Help

With your help, we can do what we do best: work with exceptional artists to make new opera.   This year we will be commissioning and producing three new short operas for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2019; supporting three brilliant young composers to create brand new work.   For more than 10 years … Continued

A Brief History of 20th Century Classical Music…

,,, (Tetris Style)   Many thanks to composer David Bruce for this fantastic resource, both informative and entertaining! As he says:   ” Where the timeline of classical music history was more or less a line, a series of relatively consistent and coherent approaches one after another, classical music in the 20th century was more like … Continued

Looking for a Rehearsal Room in London?

  Look no further!   This is a fantastic asset commissioned by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Knowing how hard it is to seek out and navigate rehearsal spaces in London, especially for artists on a very tight budget,  they set about compiling a near comprehensive list of rehearsal rooms in the city, along with … Continued


  According to the Oxford Dictionaries a Paradox is:   NOUN A seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true.   Paradox in opera? Surely not…   Have some fun testing your wits with this quiz below set by our friends at Infinite Opera   … Continued

2018 Festival Press Report

  Last year we were called “fearless, admirable and adventurous” this year “brave, energetic, sophisticated” with a nod to “fearlessness”, mention of “zaniest festival” and reference to “baffling”….   ….so it was business as usual at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2018.   You can read the entire press report below full of listings, features … Continued

2018 Festival Highlights Video

Thanks everyone for making our 2018 Festival one of the best yet! You can get a taste of just why it was so good by watching this whistle stop tour video below:   If you like to take things a little slower you can watch and read about every show in the festival via our … Continued

Fleet Footing – Download and Walk

As part of our 11th Festival in Summer 2018 DrawnForth Opera launched Fleet Footing a downloadable work combining music and maps charting the course of London’s lost river, the Fleet.   Composer Catherine Kontz teamed up with writer Sarah Grange to create this site-specific piece that unearths the Fleet’s rich history.   The download guides … Continued

7 Operas That Deserve To Be Massacred

  As we get ready for TOSCATASTROPHE!, I’d like to propose a few other operas that deserve to get massacred:   7. Carmen   Between a collection of utterly self-absorbed characters and smugglers singing about how stealthy they’re being, Car Men is an obvious candidate for a Transformers-style massacre. Does anyone have Michael Bay’s number? … Continued

Tête à Tête InConversation – Design

Do you want to design a new opera? Then this is for you. With over 50 years of collective experience longstanding friend and collaborator of Tête à Tête Sarah Booth is joined in conversation by Tête à Tête’s Artistic Director, Bill Bankes-Jones. Interviewed by Olivia Brown from Wildkat Sarah and Bill share what works, what … Continued