Tuesday 21 July, 2015


The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY


Streetwise Opera/Tête à Tête co-production



What happens when you watch TV? Is it innocent entertainment or a cynical vehicle to exploit the people it puts on display? Does it serve only to manipulate its audience to buy things or provide a window into the joy and hope of humanity?

Echoing familiar TV programmes – from celebrity reality series to talent shows and catchy advert jingles – Streetwise Opera and Tête à Tête co-production explores both the humour and darker undertones of the small screen.


Featuring Streetwise Opera performers, this bold new opera opened the 2015 Tête à Tête Opera Festival. All of the ideas and text were inspired by workshops with Streetwise London performers, many of whom have experienced homelessness.


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Music: Stef Conner

Words: Bill Bankes-Jones


Conductor: Timothy Burke

Director: Bill Bankes-Jones

Designer: Sarah Booth

Singer: Susannah Austin

Accompanied by the Ligeti Quartet