7pm | Sunday 31 July 2016 | Cubitt Square, Stable Street, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AB



Tête à Tête is delighted to return to King’s Cross for the Cubitt Sessions, a free, outdoor live performance series featuring six days of brand new and improvised pop-up opera.



The Impropera company dips into its collective experience and prepares to surprise and delight with another newly improvised opera for you tonight. 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, without which nothing can happen.


With an entirely new show every night, fresh from six brilliantly inventive minds and voices, Impropera can make a musical production about absolutely anything. With a bit of help from the audience in the way of suggested phrases, words or scenarios, Impropera draws you into their world of diverse characters – perhaps a chorus girl who never gets the part, a rapper, a parking attendant, or a pompous barrister, or, indeed, anyone you can imagine; sung with profound emotional commitment

and comedic verve.




Find out more about Impropera here: http://www.impropera.co.uk/


You can watch our last collaboration with Impropera here: https://vimeo.com/16071807


To view the full programme for King’s Cross’ Cubitt Sessions, visit: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/event/cubitt-sessions


Photos from our Cubitt Sessions are available below, © Claire Shovelton 2016.


Impropera 31.07.16

Musical Director Anthony Ingle
Soprano Susan Bisatt
Mezzo Soprano Louise Crane
Baritone Niall Ashdown
Baritone Peter Brathwaite
Clarinets, Recorders, Saxophone Peter Furniss


Anthony Ingle: Started improvising at three, and learning to play properly two years later; read music at Cambridge and did postgraduate study at the London Opera Centre. Highlights of non-improvised work: Nana (West End), Albert Herring (MacOwan Theatre), three pantomimes at Stratford East, Nigel Osborne’s Differences in Demolitions – world premiere and Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina).


Susan Bisatt: A versatile artist as well as an experienced vocal & performance skills workshop leader and teacher. Susan has worked as a soloist with Opera North and ENO, and at the Edinburgh International and Almeida festivals. Her recordings include Baroque operas and Purcell Sacred Music on the Hyperion and Naxos labels. She is a founder member of Opera Circus and a member of the Cornelius Cardew Ensemble. She is a regular workshop leader for National Association of Youth Theatres and since September 2001 she has held the post of Vocal Animateur for Tameside Local Education Authority.


Louise Crane: Since making her débuts at Glyndebourne, English National Opera and the Belgium

Royal Opera, Louise Crane has established herself as one of this country’s most sought-after and

versatile mezzo sopranos. She studied at the Guildhall and gained a college scholarship, to study at the RNCM. After a season with Glyndebourne Festival Opera Louise won the Peter Stuyvestant Foundation Scholarship to the National Opera Studio where she completed her studies. Some early engagements were Don Giovanni with Opera Factory (filmed for Channel 4), and Dialogues des Carmelites for the Opèra de Lyon (recorded by Virgin Classics), since when her many & varied roleshave included performances for the Aldeburgh Festival, Opera East at the Iford Festival, Chelsea Opera Group and English Touring Opera. Louise has enjoyed a long and regular association with Opera della Luna, and is a regular guest soloist at the annual International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival at Buxton Opera House. She has once again played Hebe in Raymond Gubbay’s production of HMS Pinafore at the Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. Further performances include Flora in Co-Opera’s production of La Traviata in Dublin and Barbados for the Holder’s Festival, Praskovia The Merry Widow and Minerva Orpheus in

the Underworld for Opera Holland Park. She is a singing teacher at the Birmingham Conservatoire and also runs vocal workshops for choirs and trains business people in the art of presentation and use of vocal skills www.louise-crane.com