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

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

Tosca – the historical context

Tosca’s the world’s second-favourite opera (after Les Miserables), but a modern person looking at it might say “I loved the tunes, but why are they all so excited?” This is because they do not understand the period Tosca is set in, because (like all operas) it is a very accurate historical piece.   TL;DR: a … 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

Festival Calendar at a Glance 2018

Thursday 26th July Lewis Cubitt Sq BISHI: The Good Immigrant 18:30 – 19:25 Friday 27th Lewis Cubitt Sq The Errollyn Wallen Songbook 18:30 – 19:30 Saturday 28th Hampstead Heath Fleet Footing Sonic Walk 14:00 – 17:00 Sunday 29th Hampstead Heath Fleet Footing Sonic Walk 14:00 – 17:00 Wednesday 1st August Holy Cross Church Mary’s Hand … Continued

OMTF: The Value of Inclusion

Our very own Bill Bankes-Jones is also Chair of OMTF the UK network of companies working to create an environment in which opera and music theatre can flourish.   To that end OMTF delivered a one day diversity and inclusion conference The Value of Inclusion in London on October 18th 2017.   Artists and managers … Continued