Belongings (2017)

Belongings is a miniature music theatre piece inspired by items of luggage...

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Belongings (2017)

Belongings is a miniature music theatre piece inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers. It premieres on the Caledonian Sleeper as the train leaves Aberdeen en route to Euston station on 24th July 2017 the eve of our 10th anniversary Festival, then performs in our foyers and around the public realm of King‘s Cross throughout our festival, returning to Aberdeen on the sleeper and being performed at soundfestival in November 2017.

Surprise Package - Tête à Tête...

To celebrate 20 years of producing surprises and delight, as part of Tête à...

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Surprise Package - Tête à Tête (2017)

To celebrate 20 years of producing surprises and delight, as part of Tête à Tête's set of Cubitt Session performances, the company bring their own surprise performance, specially created for this one evening.  Expect laughter, joy, glorious music, brilliant work and Tête à Tête's hallmark theatricality.

Tete A Tete Score (2017)

A potpourri of highlights from Tête à Tête's amazing 20 years of...

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Tete A Tete Score (2017)

A potpourri of highlights from Tête à Tête's amazing 20 years of performances, living proof that contemporary opera can make a great night out.

Boys of Paradise (2016)

Welcome to Paradaezia! The best and most debaucherous of clubs, where all the...

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Boys of Paradise (2016)

Welcome to Paradaezia! The best and most debaucherous of clubs, where all the brightest boys of paradise come to wile away their nights in pleasure. A trio of friends – Twink, Cub and Fag Hag – will soon discover its dizzying highs. But as Twink is led astray through a maze of drink, drugs and darkrooms, is he also be about to discover the lows? Saturday 15 – Friday 21 October 2016 | EGG London, 200 York Way, London, N7 9AX After a sold-out run last year, critically acclaimed opera ensemble WorkshOPERA in partnership with Tete a Tete return to Egg LDN with “truly genre-breaking,” Boys of Paradise. In this contemporary retelling of the phoenix myth, you are invited to join the party for a neurotic, erotic, psychotic, operatic experience. Performance Length: Approximately 60 minutes with no interval. Music | Vahan Salorian Libretto | Dominic Kimberlin Director | Anna Pool

The Hive (2016)

Killers, like the rich, are different. We all have dark thoughts, and some are...

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The Hive (2016)

Killers, like the rich, are different. We all have dark thoughts, and some are darker than others. Haven’t you ever thought about killing someone? The satisfaction of getting rid of that creep you hate, that person who did you over, that bully who deserves it? And how? With a knife, a gun, poison, an accident, your bare hands? One of life’s little pleasures, you might think. And that’s it. Think. And then there are the people that do. And some do it again. And again. It’s what they live for. And some, only some, get caught. And when you look into their eyes, the caught ones, what do you see? When you hang them up in the light, can you see the stains? And do they rub off? Do they make your hands dirty too? In the recoil isn’t there its opposite, the fascination? 8pm | Friday 26 August 2016 | Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL Director Bill Bankes-Jones & Tête à Tête present the world premiere of Harvey Brough’s ‘The Hive’. Inspired by librettist Carole Hayman’s (Ladies of Letters, BBC Radio 4) research into the addictions and compulsions which lead to psychopathic behaviour, this ambitious and provocative work premieres at Grimeborn, the first collaboration between Tête à Tête & the Arcola Theatre.

Pop Ups (2015)

Prepared to be surprised, delighted, and entertained… A hugely popular feature...

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Pop Ups (2015)

Prepared to be surprised, delighted, and entertained… A hugely popular feature each year, Tête à Tête tours a small performing group around the public spaces of King’s Cross (streets, parks, squares) and our own foyers to perform a set of super short five minute operas. UnconGENIE-al Sarah feels stuck. All she wants is a quiet life; a non- hyperactive five year old and a house in Barbados. So finding a lamp at the bus stop that looks mysteriously like the wish fulfilling, genie-containing lamp from Aladdin is obviously going to be the answer to her prayers… right? Music - James Garner | Words - Anna Pool My Mother My Daughter A mother/daughter relationship from cradle to grave. Music & Words - Orlando Gough Chuggers One woman approaches another on the street. But is money all she’s after? Music - Sophie Sparkes | Words - Jenny Colgan Wake Up! Time to wake up! Music - Ayanna Witter-Johnson | Words - Susannah Waters CREDITS Singers: Amy Freston, Hannah Mason Cellists: Dan Bull, Angélique Lihou Music Direction: Timothy Burke with James Young Direction: Bill Bankes-Jones with Oliver Platt Design: Sarah Booth

2011 - Sparklepuff (In Da Park)

A homeless woman uses a mechanically-adapted shopping trolley to extract...

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2011 - Sparklepuff (In Da Park)

A homeless woman uses a mechanically-adapted shopping trolley to extract mysterious energy from left-over packaging. She calls this energy “Sparklepuff” and its properties are magical, moving and very dangerous… An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête will again develop, rehearse and perform 4 brand new, super-short operas which will be presented all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show will go on – expect the unexpected! Sparklepuff Music - Gary Carpenter | Words - Simon Nicholson CREDITS Baritone: Daniel Broad Soprano: Sian Winstanley Harp: Claudia Studer Cello: Corentin Chassard Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Music Director: James Young Designer: Fabrice Serafino

Gala (2013)

Gala is a puppet-opera inspired by the aged Gala Dali’s rapacious relationship...

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Gala (2013)

Gala is a puppet-opera inspired by the aged Gala Dali’s rapacious relationship with Jeff Fenholt, a young actor then playing the role of Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway. In a collaboration springing from the Puppetry in Opera Conference, Tête à Tête works with Isobel Smith (Grist to the Mill), and puppeteers together with singers from Trinity Laban on a longer commission from Festival favourite Ergo Phizmiz following his Lite Bite Care in the Community. Gala is supported by Grants for the Arts and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust. Gala Music and Words: Ergo Phizmiz CREDITS Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer/Puppetry: Isobel Smith Music Director: Timothy Burke Assistant Music Director: James Young Stage Manager: Claire Bamford Lighting & Production Management: Bob Watts Gala: Becca Marriot Jesus Christ Superstar: Alex Gilchrist Maid: Laura Monaghan Dali Machine built by: Paul Harrison Violin Samples played by: Amie Willingale Pupeteers: Isobel Smith, Teele Uustani, Darren East Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Head of Vocal Studies: Linda Hirst Puppet Centre Director: Linda Lewis

Amerika (2012)

This whimsical adaptation of Kafka’s Amerika follows naïve young German Karl...

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Amerika (2012)

This whimsical adaptation of Kafka’s Amerika follows naïve young German Karl Rossman, exiled to New York after he accidentally impregnated a servant. Thrown from one crazy situation to another he chases the American Dream in a strange country where loyalty and justice are never quite what they seem… Amerika Music - Samuel Bordoli | Words - Samuel Bordoli after Franz Kafka CREDITS Conductor: Tony Castro Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Ellan Parry Karl Rossman: Rupert Charlesworth Bureaucrat 1/The Stoker/Mr Green: Keel Watson Bureaucrat 2/Chief Engineer/Mr Pollunder: Owen Gilhooly Bureaucrat 3/Uncle Jacob/Clara: Katherine Bond Orchestra: CHROMA Trumpet – Heidi Bennett Alto Saxophone – Tom Law Clarinet – Massimo di Trolio Violin – Caroline Balding Piano – Rob Bottriell Trombone – Neill Hadden Double Bass – Elena Hull Drum Kit – Steve Gibson

Lite Bites: Recurrent (2013)

Recurrent explores how the knowledge of an encounter’s ultimate consequences...

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Lite Bites: Recurrent (2013)

Recurrent explores how the knowledge of an encounter’s ultimate consequences can colour the memory of its unfurling phases. An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête developed, rehearsed and performed 4 brand new, super-short operas all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show went on – expect the unexpected! Recurrent Music - Matt Rogers | Words - Sally O’Reilly Soprano: Stephanie Corley Baritone: Daniel Broad Accordion: Rafal Luc Cello: Corentin Chassard Music Director: James Young Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth

Dart's Love (2013)

A handsome swimmer takes a daily dip in the river Dart. She adores him, and...

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Dart's Love (2013)

A handsome swimmer takes a daily dip in the river Dart. She adores him, and eagerly awaits each visit, until the day that he turns up with a girlfriend. In a fit of jealous rage, the river drowns her rival, and the grieving man vows never to return. The Dart is left broken-hearted. Terrible. We’re delighted to announce that Kerry Andrew’s Dart’s Love won the Best Stage Work Award in the 2014 British Composer Awards. We commissioned and developed Dart’s Love and produced the premiere in our 2013 Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. Dart's Love Music - Kerry Andrew | Words - Tamsin Collison CREDITS Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Tim Meacock Music Director: Timothy Burke Stage Manager: Claire Bamford Swimmer: Grant Doyle Girlfriend: Claire Wild River Dart 1: Rebecca Askew River Dart 2: Rebecca Thorn River Dart 3: Hazel Holder CHROMA: Stewart French (guitar), Stuart King (clarinet), Steve Gibson (percussion) CHROMA Producer: Claire Shovelton Repetiteur/Band Pianist: Ian Ryan

Lite Bites: Of My Daughter's...

Beneath the earth in subjugation Bondage lies, four bodies become one,...

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Lite Bites: Of My Daughter's Prayers (2013)

Beneath the earth in subjugation Bondage lies, four bodies become one, contorting and clawing... An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête developed, rehearsed and performed 4 brand new, super-short operas all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show went on – expect the unexpected! Of My Daughter's Prayers Music - Will Handysides | Words - Declan Kolakowski CREDITS Soprano: Stephanie Corley Baritone: Daniel Broad Accordion: Rafal Luc Cello: Corentin Chassard Music Director: James Young Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth

Bon Voyage - A Summer Flashmob...

Bon Voyage - A Summer Flashmob was an invitation to bring your rolling suitcase...

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Bon Voyage - A Summer Flashmob (2015)

Bon Voyage - A Summer Flashmob was an invitation to bring your rolling suitcase along and embark on a musical journey of boisterous wheels and beatific voices in sunny King’s Cross. It was the final event in the 2015 Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, and also part of the Curious? festival at King’s Place.

Moonlight & The Last Seed (2015)

Tête à Tête produces two world premieres by writing teams who first...

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Moonlight & The Last Seed (2015)

Tête à Tête produces two world premieres by writing teams who first collaborated on our Pop Up Operas last year. Moonlight The Queen of the Moon Jellyfish falls in love with her counterpart in the sky – the Moon – with tragic repercussions. Music - Lucie Treacher | Words - Joanne Harris Performed by Joan Rodgers (Soprano) & Adam Sullivan (Tenor) The Last Seed Narcissus, delicious and doomed, understands he has not lived until he eats the last pomegranate seed. Music - Na’ama Zisser | Words - Stella Duffy Performed by Richard Bryan, Meili Li, Craig Jackson, Tristan Landymore, Amar Muchhala CREDITS Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Conductor: Timothy Burke Designer: Tim Meacock Ensemble: Chroma Violin: Daniel Pioro Viola: David Aspin Cello: Clare O’Connell Bass: Elena Hull Clarinet/bass clarinet/sax: Stuart King Trombone/bass trombone: Ryan Hume Harp: Celine Saout Percussion: Steve Gibson Chroma Manager: Claire Shovelton

Will You Fall? (2014)

Tête à Tête commissioned Will You Fall? as part of their 2014 Pop-Up...

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Will You Fall? (2014)

Tête à Tête commissioned Will You Fall? as part of their 2014 Pop-Up Festival. The show was developed, rehearsed and performed free for all to enjoy in the public spaces of King’s Cross. Will You Fall? A man and a woman – love, loss, despair, hope. And the possibility of flying, the possibility of more. Music - Na’ama Zisser | Words - Stella Duffy CREDITS Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth Stage Manager: Danyal Shafiq Music Director: James Young Soprano: Katie Grosset Baritone: Daniel Broad Violin: Leslie Boulin Cello: Corentin Chassard

Clockwork (2014)

Tête à Tête commissioned Clockwork as part of their 2014 Pop-Up Festival. The...

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Clockwork (2014)

Tête à Tête commissioned Clockwork as part of their 2014 Pop-Up Festival. The show was developed, rehearsed and performed free for all to enjoy in the public spaces of King’s Cross. Clockwork A man, dissatisfied with his wife, decides to build the perfect woman… Music - Lucie Treacher | Words - Joanne Harris CREDITS Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth Stage Manager: Danyal Shafiq Music Director: James Young Soprano: Katie Grosset Baritone: Daniel Broad Violin: Leslie Boulin Cello: Corentin Chassard

People Watch (2015)

Echoing familiar TV programmes – from celebrity reality series to talent shows...

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People Watch (2015)

Echoing familiar TV programmes – from celebrity reality series to talent shows and catchy advert jingles – this Tête à Tête & Streetwise Opera co-production explores both the humour and darker undertones of the small screen. 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? People Watch Music - Stef Conner | Words - Bill Bankes-Jones CREDITS Conductor: Timothy Burke Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth Singer: Susannah Austin Accompanied by the Ligeti Quartet

Precipitation (2014)

After her wonderful Feathered Friend we are thrilled to welcome Helen back, now...

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Precipitation (2014)

After her wonderful Feathered Friend we are thrilled to welcome Helen back, now Popping Up with writer Carl Miller. Tête à Tête commissioned Precipitation as part of their 2014 Pop-Up Festival. The show was developed, rehearsed and performed free for all to enjoy in the public spaces of King’s Cross. Precipitation Music - Helen Chadwick | Words - Carl Miller CREDITS Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth Stage Manager: Danyal Shafiq Music Director: James Young Soprano: Katie Grosset Baritone: Daniel Broad Violin: Leslie Boulin Cello: Corentin Chassard

Cakehead (2014)

Tête à Tête commissioned Cakehead as part of their 2014 Pop-Up Festival. The...

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Cakehead (2014)

Tête à Tête commissioned Cakehead as part of their 2014 Pop-Up Festival. The show was developed, rehearsed and performed free for all to enjoy in the public spaces of King’s Cross. Music and Words: Errollyn Wallen CREDITS Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth Stage Manager: Danyal Shafiq Music Director: James Young Soprano: Katie Grosset Baritone: Daniel Broad Violin: Leslie Boulin Cello: Corentin Chassard

April in the Amazon (2014)

April is a cabaret singer with an appetite for love, an addiction to strong...

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April in the Amazon (2014)

April is a cabaret singer with an appetite for love, an addiction to strong coffee and stronger sedatives, and a story to tell. Having invited us in and introduced her band, she regales us with tales of her travels, and the numerous love affairs she has enjoyed along the way. Over the course of five anecdotal songs, April leads us from performances in Berlin music halls, to botanical expeditions in the depths of the Peruvian jungle, to a particularly bad trip in the sterile corridors of a mysterious hospital. April’s stories are about love, adventure, drugs, and our insatiable lust for the people and places we are yet to come across. April in the Amazon Music - Laurence Osborn | Words - Theo Merz CREDITS April: Loré Lixenberg Conductor: Timothy Burke Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth Chroma Flute/piccolo: Kathryn Thomas Oboe/cor anglais: Emma Fielding Clarinet/bass clarinet: Stuart King Horn: Richard Bayliss Harp: Helen Sharp Accordion: Bartek Glowacki Violin: Marcus Barcham-Stevens Viola: David Aspin Cello: Gabi Swallow Double bass: Elena Hull

Samuel Bordoli: Grind (2014)

Blending skateboarding, choral singing and the unique acoustic of skateparks,...

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Samuel Bordoli: Grind (2014)

Blending skateboarding, choral singing and the unique acoustic of skateparks, Tête à Tête and composer Samuel Bordoli team up with Transition Extreme skaters and sound Festival's community choir to make a real noise in Aberdeen, part of PRS for Music Foundation’s first ever New Music Biennial, and Culture 2014 – the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme. Blending skateboarding, choral singing and the unique acoustic of skateparks, Tête à Tête and composer Samuel Bordoli teamed up with skaters and community choirs to make a real noise in Aberdeen, London and Glasgow, as part of PRS for Music Foundation’s first ever New Music Biennial, and Culture 2014 – the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme. Following a performance at the Southbank Centre with the Roundhouse Choir on 5 July 2014, the project returned to Scotland on 26 July for a performance at the UK’s largest indoor skatepark, Unit 23 in Dumbarton perform with with The Sirens of Titan Choir. CREDITS Music: Samuel Bordoli Words and Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Conductor: Osnat Schmool

Lite Bites: Catastrophe (2013)

Thatcher distracts heartbroken lover in suicide bid. But when your number’s...

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Lite Bites: Catastrophe (2013)

Thatcher distracts heartbroken lover in suicide bid. But when your number’s up… An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête developed, rehearsed and performed 4 brand new, super-short operas all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show went on – expect the unexpected! Catastrophe Music - John Webb | Words - Tamsin Collison CREDITS Soprano: Stephanie Corley Baritone: Daniel Broad Accordion: Rafal Luc Cello: Corentin Chassard Music Director: James Young Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth

Lite Bites: Earthly Desire (2012)

A Speed Dating evening in Hammersmith. Georgie and Matt, both recent graduates...

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Lite Bites: Earthly Desire (2012)

A Speed Dating evening in Hammersmith. Georgie and Matt, both recent graduates and starting out on promising careers in the capital, should hit it off straight away. One problem – Matt is possessed by the Devil. An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête developed, rehearsed and performed 4 brand new, super-short operas all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show went on – expect the unexpected! Earthly Desires Music - Laurence Osborn | Words - Theo Merz CREDITS Soprano: Stephanie Corley Baritone: Daniel Broad Accordion: Rafal Luc Cello: Corentin Chassard Music Director: James Young Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth

Lite Bites: Love Bytes (2012)

A virtual romance. Two cyber lovers ask themselves exactly who is on the other...

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Lite Bites: Love Bytes (2012)

A virtual romance. Two cyber lovers ask themselves exactly who is on the other end of the line… Can you trust your heart in the digital age? An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête again developed, rehearsed and performed 4 brand new, super-short operas all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show went on – expect the unexpected! Love Bytes Music - Cheryl Frances-Hoad | Words - Tamsin Collison CREDITS Baritone: Danny Broad Soprano: Joanna Songi Vibes: Ric Elsworth Cello: Corentin Chassard Music Director: James Young Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Fabrice Serafino

Lite Bites: Caring in the Community...

A charming and heart-warming tale of the unmitigated hatred that can develop...

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Lite Bites: Caring in the Community (2012)

A charming and heart-warming tale of the unmitigated hatred that can develop between two people living next door to one another. After a long day at the office, a businessman’s evening of watching the X Factor is ruined by the dulcet tones of the opera singer who lives next door. An ever popular presence at the festival, Tête à Tête developed, rehearsed and performed 4 brand new, super-short operas all over Riverside Studios, in foyers, theatres and other public places across the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham including Ravenscourt Park, Bishop’s Park, Lyric Square and Fulham Palace. Come rain or shine the show went on – expect the unexpected! Caring In The Community Words & Music: Ergo Phizmiz CREDITS Soprano: Stephanie Corley Baritone: Daniel Broad Accordion: Rafal Luc Cello: Corentin Chassard Music Director: James Young Director: Bill Bankes-Jones Designer: Sarah Booth