Cubitt Sessions 2016 – Report

Sunday, 10th July 2016

Tête à Tête was delighted to be part of the inaugural Cubitt Sessions 31st July – 13th August 2016 at King’s Cross, a free, outdoor live performance series that featured six days of new opera from Tête à Tête showcasing the hottest talent in new opera from around the globe, including award-winning American bands, Bollywood, Jazz, Oscar Wilde… and even an opera based on football chants from Arsenal & Chelsea FC!


Check out all our events below, including full highlights on demand for every show!


The Next Frontier – Impropera (London, UK)
The Impropera company dips into its collective experience and prepares to surprise and delight with a show on improvised opera. With the whole of musical and theatrical history and current practice to draw upon, we reserve the right to incorporate any, all or none of it in response to suggestions from you.



Bombay Rickey (New York, US)
Fresh off a sold-out run at New York’s PROTOTYPE Festival, the eponymous 5-piece band Bombay Rickey (praised as “a true treat for the adventurous ear” by TimeOut) brings its hit opera cabaret to London.



Secrets – Muziektheater Transparant (Belgium)
As a source of inspiration for their intimate musical production Secrets, the soprano Claron McFadden and the Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski Jazz trio gathered anonymous stories from the general public.



Divertimento for Rope & Strings – Gisele Edwards in partnership with Riotous Company (London, UK)
A tantalizing playful piece that combines beautiful classical music, aerial and theatre work in an entirely unexpected and original way, Divertimento for Rope & Strings unravels to take us on an journey into the music itself.



The Remarkable Rocket – Waste Paper Opera (Birmingham, UK)
With this raucous, new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story, Waste Paper Opera Company brings you the amusingly-lamentable tale of a rocket that is so sensitive that it drowns in its own tears and thus cannot fulfil its destiny to delight others.


Sholololo! – A chamber opera of terrace songs, Opéra Louise (Switzerland)
Opéra Louise transforms the chants of Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC’s faithful followers into an absurd and joyous chamber opera. It is an everyday story of love at first sight, rivalry and a happy ending for the protagonists, who can only express themselves through fan incantations.