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In today’s news: ‘Music China’ to promote music and music study in Shanghai. In September 250 musicians will meet at the 67th International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich. St Asaph Cathedral cuts its music team in an attempt to balance its budget. Chariots Of Fire revealed as top sporting classical music list from Classic FM. Mexico’s food markets offer groceries with a side of opera.

BBC News

St Asaph Cathedral makes music team redundant

A cathedral has cut its music team as it attempts to balance its budget.

Classic FM

Chariots Of Fire tops sporting classical music list from Classic FM

The nation’s favourite piece of classical music with a sporting connection has been revealed as Vangelis’ ‘Chariots of Fire’, taken from the movie of the same name.

The Straits Times

Mexico’s food markets offer groceries with a side of opera

Shoppers in Mexico City’s Argentina Market got an unexpected dose of culture last Saturday (Aug 25) when they were treated to Spanish composer Pablo Sorozabal’s opera La Tabernera Del Puerto.

London Theatre

Play written in support of Brexit Leave campaign to premiere in London

A new play written by two journalists in support of the Leave campaign is set to premiere at the Union Theatre in October.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Besessen um die eigene Zukunft gespielt

Kirill Petrenko eröffnet die Saison der Berliner Philharmoniker – und lockt diese Elitetruppe aus der Reserve.

nmz

Der Guru der Musikethnologie

Eine der größten Sammlungen globalmusikalischer Tondokumente befindet sich heute im Ethnologischen Museum in Berlin. Den ältesten Teil dieser Tonaufnahmen bilden Edison-Walzen aus der Zeit um 1900. Sie stehen heute auf der Liste des UNESCO-Weltdokumentenerbes.

Klassik.com

Bahn knickt ein: Keine Musik zur Bekämpfung der Berliner Bahnhofskriminalität

Die Berliner Bahn hat ihr Projekt zur Vertreibung von Trinkern, Drogenabhängigen und Kriminellen an Bahnhöfen durch atonale Musik auf Eis gelegt. Die Initiative Neue Musik Berlin hatte zuvor zu einer Demonstration am Brennpunkt-Bahnhof Hermannstraße eingeladen, bei der atonale Musik gespielt wurde.

Pizzicato

‘Music China’ soll in Shanghai für Musik und Musikstudium werben

Die Klassik boomt in China. Ständig werden neue Orchester gegründet. Die Musikschulen halten damit nicht Schritt.

BR Klassik

ARD-Musikwettbewerb 2018 Spielen und Singen um die begehrten Preise

Knapp 250 Musiker treffen sich ab dem 3. September beim 67. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD in München. Die jungen Instrumentalisten und Sänger aus aller Welt treten vor Jury und Publikum, um in diesem Jahr in den Fächern Gesang, Trompete, Viola und Klaviertrio einen der begehrten Preise zu gewinnen.

Platea Magazine

Der Pianist Josu de Solaun weiht den George Enescu International Contest 2018 ein

El próximo 1 de septiembre Josu de Solaun viajará a Rumanía, invitado por el Concurso Internacional George Enescu, para interpretar el Triple concierto de Paul Constantinescu en la jornada inaugural del certamen.

St Asaph Cathedral makes music team redundant

Photo credit: Philip Halling/Geograph

 

(Written on August 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Israeli conductor Noam Sheriff passed away. The Berlin Initiative for new music holds a concert for the homeless. A great concern has been raised over the decline in music uptake at GCSE. George Walker, who was a trailblazer in Music and a Pulitzer Price winner has passed away. And one more piece on Leonard Bernstein and what we can learn from him.

Rhinegold

90 music leaders express concern over GCSE music decline

90 leading figures from the music industry, including Sir Simon Rattle, Tasmin Little, Julian Lloyd Webber, Nicola Benedetti and Alison Balsom, have signed a letter to The Times expressing their concern over the rapid decline in music uptake at GCSE.

Grammophone

Bartoli’s new label to champion next generation

The mezzo Cecilia Bartoli is marking 30 years on the Decca label with the launch of a new sub-label aimed at nurturing the next generation of stars.

The Guardian

Learning from Leonard Bernstein: our cheeky Proms love letter to a musical pioneer

Bernstein wasn’t only a maverick maestro – he brought classical music to a whole new generation with his Young People’s concerts. But have they stood the test of time?

Capital Public Radio

George Walker, Trailblazing American Composer, Dies At 96

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist and educator George Walker has died at the age of 96. Walker’s death was announced to NPR by one of his family members, Karen Schaefer, who said he died Thursday at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J. after a fall.

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Israelischer Komponist Noam Sheriff gestorben

Der einflussreiche israelische Komponist und Dirigent Noam Sheriff ist tot. Der 1935 geborene Musiker hatte sein Debüt als 22-Jähriger mit der Premiere seines Werks „Festival Prelude“, das Leonard Bernstein 1957 mit dem Israelischen Philharmonieorchester in Tel Aviv aufführte.

Nmz

„,Atonale‘ Musik für alle“ – Musikalische Aktion in Berlin, paradox

Im Prinzip ist die Sache ganz einfach. Vor einiger Zeit kündigte die Deutsche Bahn an, mittels Musikeinsatzes für einen geräumten Platz an der S-Bahn-Station Hermannstraße in Berlin sorgen zu wollen.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Inge Borkh verstorben

Borkh wurde am 26. Mai 1921 in Mannheim als Ingeborg Simon geboren, wuchs jedoch aufgrund der jüdischen Herkunft der Familie in Österreich und der Schweiz auf.

El Mundo

Necesitamos escuchar casetes y vinilos (aunque Albert Rivera diga que están obsoletos)

El presidente de Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, dijo hace unos días que el debate sobre exhumar a Franco era algo tan “obsoleto” como escuchar música en “casetes y vinilos”.

La Vanguardia

Katharina Wagner dirigirá un ‘Lohengrin’ en el Liceu

Katharina Wagner, la biznieta del compositor y actual directora artística del Festival de Bayreuth, dirigirá la puesta en escena de una nueva producción de Lohengrin en el Liceu.

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Leonard Bernstein with young students at a Young People’s Concert in 1965 Photograph: Alamy

(Written on August 27, 2018 )

In today’s news: iPads replace sheet music folder for the YYS, Sheku wins breakthrough music prize off the back of his bestselling album, and A level results day suggests a decline in the number of students taking music. A discourse on censorship in our time and age. Activists occupy the opening of the Pop-Kultur Festival. An obituary for Aretha Franklin. An opera based on the Aquarius and refugees in the Mediterranean. Classical Music can reduce pain in medical procedures.

The Times

Orchestras turn the page on sheet music as tablets call the tune

The Yorkshire Young Sinfonia will go “100 per cent digital” with sheet music ditched from its musicians’ stands in favour of iPads and Bluetooth foot pedals deployed to turn the pages.

BBC News

Sheku Kanneh-Mason wins new Breakthrough music prize

The 19-year-old cellist has been given the Brit Certified Breakthrough Award for selling 30,000 copies of his debut album, Inspiration.

Rhinegold

A-level results: figures show decline in uptake of music

Since 2014, the number of students taking music for A-level has dropped by 25.4% while those opting for creative subjects generally has declined by 11%. This is compared to a decline of 2.6% in A-level entries overall.

Sheffield Telegraph

Sheffield’s Bridge to diversity for classical musicians

The players, aged between 18 and 22, are the first to take part in a new Bridge scheme coaching young musicians of BME backgrounds, thought to be the first in the UK.

Pizzicato

Classical music reduces pain

Many studies analysed and described the effects of music listening in the management of pain in adult patients. Most of them found a significant effect of music on pain.

NMZ

Zensur – ein missbrauchter Begriff in den aktuellen „Kunstdiskursen“

Man könnte meinen, man lebe in einem Land, in dem die Zensur zum alltäglichen Leben gehört. Gerade auch im Kulturbereich schwelt an vielen Ecken der vehemente Vorwurf, Kunst werde zensiert.

Berliner Morgenpost

Aktivisten kapern Eröffnung des Festivals „Pop-Kultur“

Wer kurz vor 20 Uhr ins Publikum schaut, im Kino fünf in der Kulturbrauerei am Mittwochabend, dem könnte auffallen, dass es gleich Ärger gibt.

Welt

Was für eine Frau!

Ohne sie wären die Karrieren von Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse oder Beyoncé undenkbar gewesen: Jetzt ist Aretha Franklin im Alter von 76 Jahren verstorben.

France musique

Un opéra inspiré du navire Aquarius

C’est un opéra expérimental, sans orchestre symphonique, sans chef, mais avec deux compositrices suisses, Heike Fiedler et Marie Schwab.

iPad sheet music for YYS © The Times

 

(Written on August 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: Ticketmaster shutters secondary ticketing sites Get Me In! and Seatwave. Nominate for the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. Performers of Edinburgh finale revealed. New releases: James Horner – The Classics, Chouchane Siranossian – In Time. In Berlins Jewish Museum Comics are made into classical music. How a young generation of opera lovers uses social media. Another artist has cancelled its appearance at this years Ruhrtriennale. The finalists for the IFAC Australian Singing Competition have been announced.

Music Week

Ticketmaster shutters secondary ticketing sites Get Me In! and Seatwave

Ticketmaster has announced the closure of its resale sites in an effort to stamp out inflated prices online by touts.

Music and Drama Education Expo- A Rhinegold event

Nominate for the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Nominations are now open for next year’s Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, taking place on 6 March 2019 at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel, Mayfair.

Rhinegold

Performers of Edinburgh finale revealed

Tenor Nicky Spence and soprano Lucy Crowe will perform songs from Bernstein’s West Side Story at the closing event of the festival on 27 August.

Classic FM

New releases: James Horner – The Classics, Chouchane Siranossian – In Time

Throughout the week Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases.

Limelight

Finalists announced for the IFAC HANDA Australian Singing Competition 

The finalists for the 2018 IFAC Handa Australia Singing Competition have been announced. The five hopefuls were chosen from 11 young singers hoping to progress to the next round and win the premier award on offer, the Marianne Mathy Scholarship valued at $30,000.

FAZ

In jedem Bild steckt ein Klang

Im dunklen Saal der W. Michael Blumenthal Akademie des Jüdischen Museums Berlin ist eine einfache Leinwand heruntergezogen. Daneben steht ein Flügel. Kaum vorstellbar ist, dass mit so bescheidenen Mitteln Kunst zum Leben erwacht, die unbeteiligte Zuschauer in ihren Bann ziehen kann.

Tagesspiegel

Verdi auf Instagram

Die U-Bahn ist überfüllt. Hunderte sind unterwegs zum Konzert der Rolling Stones im Olympiastadion. Viele von ihnen sind sichtbar mit der Band gealtert. Zwei ziemlich junge Leute dagegen steigen schon an der Station „Deutsche Oper“ aus.

Welt

Ruhrtriennale: Auftritt Istanbuler Musik-Gruppe abgesagt

Zwei Tage vor dem geplanten Auftritt haben die Musiker des Istanbuler Hezarfen Ensembles ihr Konzert auf dem Kulturfestival Ruhrtriennale abgesagt.

 

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(Written on August 14, 2018 )

Torrential rain and lightning cause issues for outdoor performances over the weekend, opera prodigy gets astrophysics degree. Berlin’s longest-serving classical music concert organiser Witiko Adler celebrates its 90th birthday, the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis 2018 by Darmstadt Summer Courses has been awarded. In the world of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Concerti will accompany them on their next tour in August.

Eastern Daily Press

Katherine Jenkins forced to abandon fans at Norfolk concert because of torrential downpour

Opera superstar Katherine Jenkins was forced to leave the stage temporarily during a Norfolk performance because of torrential rain.

The Argus

Opera prodigy gets astrophysics degree after working with NASA

At the age of 19, opera prodigy Jessica May Hislop was singing at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow. Five years later, she has swapped arias for academia and graduated from Sussex University with a first class honours master’s degree to spend her life looking at the stars.

BBC News

UK heatwave: Lightning cancels Tom Jones York comeback gig

Lightning strikes have forced Sir Tom Jones to cancel his comeback concert in York.

Drill music video stopped by armed police

A music video being shot in east London was stopped by the Metropolitan Police following reports of a firearm.

The New York Times

Bayreuth’s First American Director Made Wagner a Feminist. What Now?

Wagner’s “Lohengrin” — as staged at the Bayreuth Festival by the visionary Yuval Sharon, the first American director in the festival’s 142-year history — has a new ending.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Konzertmeister

Guter Draht zu Jahrhundertgrößen: Berlins dienstältester Klassikveranstalter Witiko Adler feiert 90. Geburtstag.

neue musikzeitung

Kranichsteiner Musikpreis 2018 – Das Finale der Darmstädter Ferienkurse

Bei der Verleihung des Kranichsteiner Musikpreises 2018 am 28.07.2018 wurden vier Teilnehmer*innen der 49. Darmstädter Ferienkurse ausgezeichnet.

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In der Welt von… West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

In unserer Reihe „In der Welt von…“ begleiten wir, vernetzt durch Smartphone und Social Media, Künstler auf Reisen, zu spannenden Projekten und besonderen Ereignissen. Diesmal: das West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

El País

Se venden guitarras con historia

La tienda Guitar Giraffe ofrece piezas únicas ‘vintage’ que busca, identifica y ofrece a clientes de todo el mundo.

 

(Written on July 30, 2018 )

In today’s news: Should people clap between movements, and does it matter? Sergei Babayan signed to Deutsche Grammophon, and top tips for attending the Proms. Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele sees audience numbers increase. Women in the history of classical music. The new Bochumer Symphoniker concert hall. Classical music study in Spain claims that the classical music world needs to change significantly to survive. Anna Meredith on her composition for the opening of the Proms and the Edinburgh Festival. Should classical music concerts be less ‘stuffy’?

The Guardian

For a 21st-century Proms, we must let the people clap when they want

Fusty, dusty old rules about when to applaud need to be ditched if we’re ever to bring new audiences into classical music

Rhinegold

Pianist Sergei Babayan signs to Deutsche Grammophon

Armenian-American pianist Sergei Babayan has signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.

Classical-Music.com (BBC Music Magazine)

5 top tips for attending the BBC Proms

The BBC Music Magazine team shares its advice for making the most of a visit to the Royal Albert Hall.

Official Charts

The British music industry announces National Album Day celebrations set for October

Meet Record Store Day’s new sister celebrating 70 years of the album.

The New York Times

It Was Russia’s Most Popular Opera. Then It Disappeared.

Anton Rubinstein’s 1871 opera, “Demon,” is a tried-and-true 19th-century plot with a religious twist: A fallen angel seeks redemption through a woman’s love. In Russia, it was the most popular opera of its day. Then it disappeared.

Concerti

Immer im Schatten

Starke Frauen in der Musikgeschichte gab es wenige? Von wegen! In unserer Sommerreihe dreht sich ab sofort alles um Komponistinnen

Der Tagesspiegel

Im Bauch der Geige

Die Bochumer Symphoniker feiern ihr 100-jähriges Gründungsjubiläum. Zuletzt haben sie für einen neuen Konzertsaal gekämpft – es hat sich gelohnt.

klassik.com

Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele mit positiver Bilanz

Die Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele haben die aktuelle Spielzeit mit einem positiven Ergebnis abgeschlossen.

El País

El ‘big data’ prueba el conservadurismo en la música clásica en vivo

El estudio de un musicólogo español demuestra a partir del estudio de casi 5.000 conciertos que un puñado de grandes nombres domina las programaciones. Seis compositores copan el 20% de los programas

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Collage Komponistinnen © gemeinfrei (13), F. Hoffmann La Roche Ltd., Yamaha, shutterstock, Christophe Abramowitz

(Written on July 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: A weekend of celebratory concerts to mark Royal Northern Orchestra’s 60th anniversary. British music’s annual trade mission to India is set for 21 to 24 August. Opera writer and director Ingunn Lára Kristjánsdóttiron on #echochamber. Why concert hall private boxes in Italy have a bad reputation. How are opera stars really cast? House arrest for Russian opera director Kirill Serebrennikov extended. Chopin is having a moment.

Rhinegold

Royal Northern Sinfonia announces 60th anniversary season

The 2018-19 season will open on Friday 21 September, coinciding with the chamber orchestra’s 60th anniversary weekend.

M Magazine

BPI’s Chris Tams on opportunities in India for UK music

British music’s annual trade mission to India is set for 21 to 24 August, providing an open door for independent businesses to explore commercial opportunities in the world’s seventh largest economy.

Diva Magazine

Putting queer characters centre stage in opera

Operatic writer and director Ingunn Lára Kristjánsdóttir talks queer characters and how she came to create #echochamber.

The Independent

Jules Buckley: the man bringing grime and disco to the concert hall

The composer and conductor has worked with everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Stormzy, and filled the Royal Albert Hall with the sounds of Ibiza. But he’s still trying to win over the sceptics.

Music Ally

Music-streaming services now 8% of audio listening in the UK

British communications regulator Ofcom has published a new report, Media Nations, which is making headlines with its claim that TV-streaming services have now overtaken traditional pay-television in the UK. The report also claims that music-streaming services now account for 8% of all audio listening in the UK – and 29% for 15-24 year-olds.

The Wall Street Journal

With TV, Books and Film, Chopin Is Having a Moment

The 19th-century pianist, whose sonatas, waltzes and other works defined the Romantic era, is back in the spotlight.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Warum Privatsphäre in Theatern verschrien ist

Lange ist es her, als sich die mächtigen Persönlichkeiten Italiens in den privaten Logen der prunkvollen Theater trafen. Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen sind die exponierten Plätze heute meist leer.

Die Welt

Wie werden eigentlich Opernstars gecastet?

Der Norweger Pål Christian Moe ist der „Casting-Guru“ der Opernszene – er entscheidet, welche Sänger in welchen Stücken auftreten. Was tut man, wenn der Star in letzter Minute abspringt? Ein Gespräch.

klassik.com

Hausarrest für Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow erneut verlängert

Ein Moskauer Gericht hat den gegen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow verhängten Hausarrest erneut verlängert.

El País

La industria musical catalana deja la crisis

La industria musical catalana ha salido de la crisis de forma definitiva gracias a la reconversión profunda del sector.

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Royal Northern Sinfonia

(Written on July 19, 2018 )

In today’s news: Guadagnini violin sold for record price. New managing director for London Southbank Sinfonia. Music creators urged to fight for their rights. Fund to help Coventry’s arts organisations to prepare to become City of Culture in 2021. New music museum to be created in Madrid.

Pizzicato

Guadagnini Violin sold at record-price of € 1,8 million

Tarisio, a web-based auction house specializing in stringed instruments and bows has announced the sale of the Sinzheimer Guadagnini violin for £1,587,000 (€1,8 million) – the highest price ever paid at an auction for an instrument by this maker.

Music Business Worldwide

Sony Music acquires stake in classical music promoter Raymond Gubbay

Sony Music has acquired shares in UK-based classical music events promoter Raymond Gubbay as part of a process which sees the major label group sell off 49% of another company.

Southbank Sinfonia

William Norris appointed Managing Director

Southbank Sinfonia is pleased to announce the appointment of William Norris as Managing Director, taking over from James Murphy who departs to be Chief Executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

M magazine

Music creators urged to fight for their rights

In early July, all MEPs will come together to vote on whether to approve the most significant reform of copyright in nearly 20 years. Ahead of this vote, PRS for Music is asking its members to use a new tool to email them asking for their support in addressing the ‘transfer of value’ from rightsholders to digital service providers.

The Guardian

What’s it like to be directed by the great conductor? One amateur violinist found when she joined the Berlin Philharmonic’s BE PHIL orchestra for five inspiring days.

The Stage

Fund set up to help Coventry’s arts organisations prepare for 2021 City of Culture

A dedicated funding stream has been set up for artists and cultural organisations preparing for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture in 2021.

klassik.com

Bariton Mikolaj Trabka gewinnt Stella Maris-Gesangswettbewerb

Der Bariton Mikolaj Trabka von der Oper Frankfurt hat den internationalen Gesangswettbewerb “Stella Maris” gewonnen. In den Genres Oper, Lied und Oratorium nahmen in diesem Jahr sechs Künstler internationaler Opernhäuser auf.

NMZ

Wie ein Erdbeben klingt? – Japaner Hosokawa an der Oper Stuttgart

Sieben Jahre nach dem Erdbeben in Japan und der so ausgelösten Atomkatastrophe in Fukushima setzt sich die Staatsoper Stuttgart künstlerisch mit der Tragödie auseinander.

Forscher kreieren mit Computersimulationen eine Jazz-Glocke

Mit Computersimulationen haben Wissenschaftler der Technischen Universität München (TUM) den Klang von Glocken erforscht – und dabei eine Jazz-Glocke kreiert.

Platea

El PSOE propone crear un museo de la música en Madrid

El grupo municipal socialista llevará hoy al pleno del Ayuntamiento de Madrid la propuesta de la creación de un museo de la música en la capital.

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Michael Schade, Mikolaj Trabka (Oper Frankfurt), Kapitän Mark Behrend, © Hapag Llyod

(Written on June 27, 2018 )

We’re very pleased to be working with composer Keith Burstein on a PR campaign ahead of the world premiere of his new work The Prometheus Revolution, performed as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival 2018 (Arcola Theatre).

Keith Burstein was born in Brighton to a musical family; both his parents were classical violinists who played for Sadlers Wells Ballet, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Hallé Orchestra.

Burstein held two scholarships at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied composition with Bernard Stevens and John Lambert. Post-graduation, he continued his composition studies with Jonathan Harvey. Between 1983 and 1991, Burstein led contemporary music ensemble the Grosvenor Group. He has since won the very active support of major mentors to him, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Arvo Pärt.

Described by The Telegraph as “an ardent new romantic post-modernist”, Burstein composes uniquely tonal music, reflecting his optimism for the future of humanity. His controversial views on modern contemporary music have earned him notoriety amongst his contemporaries, having stated previously that “tonality is the universal alphabet of music”.

Burstein’s opera Manifest Destiny premiered in 2004 in London, garnering controversy for its handling of the topic of Middle Eastern suicide bombers renouncing violence.

© Fulham Opera 2018

The Prometheus Revolution has been inspired in part by the 2012 Occupy movement’s “99% vs the 1%” ideology, and with a focus on peace and disarmament, will commemorate the centenary year of the end of World War I.

Set in the near future, the opera opens with the UK in meltdown in the aftermath of the fascistic Prime Minister and his wife taking poison, soon replaced by another shadowy authority figure. When two trillion pounds go missing from the City of London, the army is poised to take control of the anticipated mayhem.

Presented by Fulham Opera, performances will be on the 7, 8 and 10 of August, and tickets can be purchased from the Grimeborn website. Keith has completed a commission for the London Chamber Orchestra which will be premiered in their 2019-2020 season.

(Written on June 21, 2018 )

We are delighted that tickets for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2018 are now on sale and the programme is as daring and “scream-worthy” as ever.

“The Modern Prometheus” theme extends into the festival with more of a Black Mirror edge, following Tête à Tête’s collaboration with Royal College of Music earlier this year: WEAR is an immersive opera about time travel, high fashion, ecological disaster and love, taking place in The Crossing at King’s Cross; NIBIRU!, a concept album about the apocalypse, social networking and conspiracy theories; Vicky & Albert is the story of an app, which convinces people that the user has a boyfriend…

In what promises to be both hilarious and thought-provoking, audiences are given an insight into the trials and tribulations of being two and three quarters, with a double bill of two operas: I Do Need Me explores the intensity of emotion that small children experience; I’m Not A Bit Like A Clown is a playful work that captures the joy and freewheeling energy of a toddler, whilst exploring and exploding our received ideas of gender, offering a delightful child’s eye view of the world.

More opera, this time for children the story of a fossilised hippo from 250,000 years ago, involving an interactive workshop and opera, The Lost Box of Stories, presenting new music and storytelling with Mid Wales Music Trust.

Tête à Tête welcomes its first Artist-in-Residence, with Li-E Chen’s Proposition for a Silent Opera at an Invisible Museum – I am a museum, a development of the 2017 work that encompasses an art exhibition in the foyer of The Place between 16th – 18th August, plus performances throughout the week.

Cubitt Sessions open the festival again this year, offering free servings of opera for the King’s Cross area with BISHI, Errollyn Wallen, Juice Vocal Ensemble, plus Aubergine from Muziektheater Transparent, and Tête à Tête’s very own operatic disaster, TOSCATASTROPHE!

As always, taking a journey through the past with new opera eyes on, Mary’s Hand is an immersive, biographical take on Mary “Bloody Mary” Tudor (featuring playing cards); Love Me To Death is based upon Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, plus a new collaboration with the Wellcome Collection for Dear Mary Stopes, a story told through letters, responding to her controversial sex manual ‘Married Love’.

This year’s festivals offers operatic treats, both reflective and pioneering, from both long-standing Tête à Tête alumni and new companies and artists. With a focus on Artist Development and support, with the “For Artists” hub on the website, the company continues to provide more opportunities for artists worldwide.

Tickets are now on sale! Where tickets are required we recommend booking early for the best price online at tete-a-tete.org.uk. Early Bird Online until 10th July £5.00 /  In Advance Online £7.50 / In Person, On Phone, On The Door at the venue £9.50. Lots of shows are free so just turn up and enjoy!

(Written on June 20, 2018 )