Thursday 4th & Friday 5th August, 19.00

Tête à Tête

 

 

As a couple struggle to save their marriage, they turn in desperation to the experts to help them make sense of the challenges of loving. A work in progress for Tête à Tête’s Seedbed programme, Love Songs is a meditation on the nature of love

 

Genesis

 

Following Robert’s hit Lite Bite Opera Contact for Tête à Tête during the 2010 Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, he returns this year exploring Love.

 

Synopsis

 

As a couple struggle to save their marriage, they turn in desperation to the experts to help them make sense of the challenges of loving. A work in progress for Tête à Tête’s Seedbed programme, Love Songs is a meditation on the nature of love.

 

The making of this video has been kindly supported by The Boltini Trust

 

 

Tete a Tete's LOVE SONGS

www.robertfokkens.co.uk

Music & Words: Robert Fokkens

Music Director: Tim Murray

Director: Bill Bankes-Jones

Designer: Jemima Carter-Lewis

Featuring: Christopher Diffey, Sadhbh Dennedy, Keel Watson

CHROMA Ensemble

Alto sax (doubling clarinet): Simon Stewart

Clarinet/bass clarinet: Stuart King

Double Bass: Elena Hull

Percussion: Steve Gibson

Piano: John-Paul Gandy

 

Biographies

 

Bill Bankes-Jones: Director

 

Bill is founder and Artistic Director of Tête à Tête, and Chair of the Opera and Music Theatre Forum. He has championed new audiences for new opera, and directed all of the company’s productions to date. Recent freelance engagements include The Classical Opera Company, Oxford Shakespeare Company, Blackheath Halls, Trinity College and Iford. Plans include directing his new translation of Hansel and Gretel for Scottish Opera and Circus Tricks for Tête à Tête.

Jemima Carter-Lewis: Designer

 

Jemima trained in Painting at Glasgow school of Art and then Theatre Design at Motley. Recent design work includes costumes the Lightning Ensemble, costumes for the Measurement Shop in Elephant and Castle shopping centre for Tangled Feet, Subs and Pay as You Go at the Cock Tavern Theatre for Good Night Out Productions and costumes Cells in the old Stratford prison for Theatre Venture and Tangled Feet. Jemima also designed the costumes for Lite Bites in last years Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

Christopher Diffey: Man

 

Christopher was born in Melbourne and trained at RAM. Awards include the English Touring Opera Young Artist bursary. Operatic roles include Fenton, Count Almaviva, Ramiro, Ernesto, Paris, Alfredo, Rodolfo, Kudrjas (cover), Lysander (cover), Dardanus and Lensky, with companies including ROH2 Covent Garden, Longborough Festival, Scottish Opera and Garsington Opera. Concert experience includes Bach Christmas Oratorio (Manchester Camerata), St John Passion (Amersham Festival) and Mass in A Major (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment). Future plans include Mercury inOrpheus in the Underworld (Scottish Opera).

Sadhbh Dennedy: Woman

 

Born in Ireland, Sadhbh trained at The RCM and at the NOS, where she graduated in 2010.This year she worked with ROH2 on The Doctor’s Tale, by Anne Dudley and Terry Jones, where she played Mollie/ Miss Purley. She also recently worked with ENO where she understudied Titania for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rebecca for Two Boys.

Natalie Ellis: Festival Production Assistant.

 

Natalie studied Music at the University of Leeds. When not busking in the rain with her sax quartet, Natalie can be found working with the bright young things of tomorrow at Royal Opera House Education. Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2011 will be Natalie’s festival debut.

 

Liam Fahey: Festival Lighting

 

Liam trained at Westminster College and Exeter University. A bright future was forecast but Liam decided to work in theatre instead. He was freelance for a while, then worked at Sadler’s Wells Theatre for eleven years where he was the Chief Technician and is now freelance again after moving to sunny Eastbourne in order to eat more ice cream. This is the second time Liam has worked for Tête

Tête having been the Production LX for Salad Days.

 

Robert Fokkens: Composer

 

Robert’s music is performed regularly in the UK, South Africa and around the world by some of the most exciting and interesting performers working in contemporary music. He is currently Lecturer in Composition at Cardiff University.

John-Paul Gandy: Repetiteur

 

John-Paul has worked with such diverse artists and companies as the Rambert Dance Company, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Almeida Opera, BBC Singers, the acclaimed music-theatre group The Clod Ensemble, accordion virtuoso Luke Daniels, jazz singers/instrumentalists Barb Jungr, Viv Corringham, Alec Dankworth, Ben Castle & Brian Abrahams and rock legends Mark E. Smith (‘The Fall’) & Damo Suzuki (ex-Can).