19:00-22:00, Friday 28th June 2024

Britten Theatre

 

 

There are also performances on the 24th & 26th June.

 

The performance on Friday 28 June will be live streamed.

 

Once again, Tête à Tête brings our trademark theatrical flair to our sixth collaboration with inspirational composers, singers, instrumentalists and production department of the Royal College of Music, where we’ll create another rollercoaster evening of six short operas.

 

Inspired by the theme of revolutions, we visit Paris in 1927, Norfolk in the 1970s, louche London of the 1870s, Ukraine 1924, Yekaterinburg 1918 and present-day London, each at a major pivot point in their own history, all conceived and performed with the hottest young talent in opera.

 

“Go, please go! This is where the real music making is happening” Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday.

 

 

Airtime

Music: Ed Driver

Words: Samir Chadha

1927; the whole of Paris regulates its timepieces by the rhythm of the city’s most regular breather, Philippe N Dulum, until this regularity is disturbed and the city thrown into turmoil…

 

 

Church on the Blood

Music and Words: Jasmine Morris

Russia, July 1918; the Romanov family are held captive in Ipatiev House, Yekaterinburg. Their lives and those all around them are about to be catapulted into a deadly revolution…

 

 

Fanny and Stella’s Last Day Out

Music: Jasper Dommett

Words: Jessica Walker

April 1870, London; Fanny and Stella are gleeful Victorian female impersonators, celebrated for the joy they share – until they are brought to trial and brutally cross-examined…

 

 

The Drifterman

Music & Words: Connie Harris

1970s Norfolk; Danny is the only drifterman still fishing in the traditional manner from his small boat. Trapped at sea with his grandson, he is plagued by a sinister presence…

 

 

I (Romance)

Music and Words: Alisa Zaika, based on the 1924 novel by Mykola Khvylovy:

1920’s Ukraine under the Bolshevik rule; secret police agent “I” faces the tensions between duty to the state and the conscience of his own human self.

 

 

 

 

The Anthem

Music: Jasper Eaglesfield

Words: Harry Davies

Monarchy is no more. While Court Composer Nicholas Lear is forced to create a new national anthem, his journalist wife, Imogen, uncovers the nefarious political forces hellbent on the destruction of democracy itself.

 

 

Produced by the Royal College of Music in association with Tête à Tête.

 

 

Venue: Britten Theatre, Prince Consort Road, Royal College of Music, London, GB SW7 2BS

 

Content advisory: Violence, depictions of historical queerphobia, mild swearing

 

Age range: Please note these productions may contain adult themes. Parental discretion is advised for children.

 

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Airtime

Philippe: James Emerson

Pierre: Peng Tian

Anne: Alexandra Francis

Marie: Lily Mo Browne

Baker: Charlie Clapperton

Tourist: Gabriel Tufail Smith

Artist: Alexandra Dunaeva

Watch Salesman: Richard Decker

 

I (Romance)

KGB Agent: Oliver Bowes

Andriusha: Simon Mascarenhas-Carter

Dr Tagabath: David Afzelius

The Degenerate: Gabriel Tufail Smith

Mother: Amber Reeves

Convict X: Adam Clayton

Convict Y: Laura Aherne

Guards 1 & 2: TBC, Joel Robson

 

Fanny and Stella’s Last Day Out

Fanny: Ted Day

Stella: Eyra Norman

Young Man: Simon Mascarenhas-Carter

Beadle/Police Officer/Doctor: James Emerson

Stella’s Mum: Anastasia Koorn

Chorus: Benedict Munden, David Afzelius, Joel Robson, Gabriel Tufail Smith

 

Church on the Blood

Anastasia Romanov: Maryam Wocial

aria Romanov: Laura Aherne

Alexandra Feodorovna: Charlie Clapperton

Nikolas Alexandrovich: Richard Decker

Grigory Nikulin: Joel Robson

Yakov Yurovsky: Gabriel Tufail Smith

 

The Drifterman

Danny Dry: Zhen Liu

Billy: May Abercrombie

The Lost Girls: Laura Aherne, Amelia Langley, Alexandra Dunaeva, Amber Reeves

Chorus: Maryam Wocial, Lily Mo Browne, Peng Tiang, Joel Robson, Gabriel Tufail Smith

 

The Anthem

News Reader: Joel Robson

Imogen Lear: Anastasia Koorn

Nicholas Lear: Richard Decker

Xander Sterne: Benedict Munden

Runner/Journalist 2/Old Lady: Antoinette Pompe van Meerdervort

Jessica Wright/Librarian: Eyra Norman

Jonty Peach/Journalist 3/Student: Adam Clayton

Journalist 1/Builder: David Afzelius

Rosamund Sterne: May Abercrombie

Members of public: Zhen Liu, Ted Day, Laura Aherne

Television studio staff: Lily Mo Browne, Amber Reeves, Alexandra Frances

Nicholas Witchell: Simon Carter

Security guards: Olly Bowes, James Emerson

 

Conductor: Michael Rosewell

Director: Bill Bankes-Jones

Designer: Sarah Booth

Lighting: Designer: Colin Eversdijk

Airtime

Philippe: James Emerson

Pierre: Peng Tian

Anne: Alexandra Francis

Marie: Lily Mo Browne

Baker: Charlie Clapperton

Tourist: Gabriel Tufail Smith

Artist: Alexandra Dunaeva

Watch Salesman: Richard Decker

 

Church on the Blood

Anastasia Romanov: Maryam Wocial

aria Romanov: Laura Aherne

Alexandra Feodorovna: Charlie Clapperton

Nikolas Alexandrovich: Richard Decker

Grigory Nikulin: Joel Robson

Yakov Yurovsky: Gabriel Tufail Smith

 

Fanny and Stella’s Last Day Out

Fanny: Ted Day

Stella: Eyra Norman

Young Man: Simon Mascarenhas-Carter

Beadle/Police Officer/Doctor: James Emerson

Stella’s Mum: Anastasia Koorn

Chorus: Benedict Munden, David Afzelius, Joel Robson, Gabriel Tufail Smith

 

The Drifterman

Danny Dry: Zhen Liu

Billy: May Abercrombie

The Lost Girls: Laura Aherne, Amelia Langley, Alexandra Dunaeva, Amber Reeves

Chorus: Maryam Wocial, Lily Mo Browne, Peng Tiang, Joel Robson, Gabriel Tufail Smith

 

I (Romance)

KGB Agent: Oliver Bowes

Andriusha: Simon Mascarenhas-Carter

Dr Tagabath: David Afzelius

The Degenerate: Gabriel Tufail Smith

Mother: Amber Reeves

Convict X: Adam Clayton

Convict Y: Laura Aherne

Guards 1 & 2: TBC, Joel Robson

 

The Anthem

News Reader: Joel Robson

Imogen Lear: Anastasia Koorn

Nicholas Lear: Richard Decker

Xander Sterne: Benedict Munden

Runner/Journalist 2/Old Lady: Antoinette Pompe van Meerdervort

Jessica Wright/Librarian: Eyra Norman

Jonty Peach/Journalist 3/Student: Adam Clayton

Journalist 1/Builder: David Afzelius

Rosamund Sterne: May Abercrombie

Members of public: Zhen Liu, Ted Day, Laura Aherne

Television studio staff: Lily Mo Browne, Amber Reeves, Alexandra Frances

Nicholas Witchell: Simon Carter

Security guards: Olly Bowes, James Emerson

 

Conductor: Michael Rosewell

Director: Bill Bankes-Jones

Designer: Sarah Booth

Lighting: Designer: Colin Eversdijk