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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 )

Bold opera pioneers Tête à Tête has announced its upcoming plans for the 2017 season, 20 years since the company was founded.

“What amazing adventures we have enjoyed across these the past two decades, realising bold and brave experiments, creating opera really up close, establishing a really strong and intimate relationship with our audiences and revelling in the theatricality of the form”

– Bill Bankes-Jones, Founder and Artistic Director

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2017 also marks the Anniversary of the company’s first Opera Festival. To celebrate, they have planned the 10th Anniversary of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. It will take place at King’s Cross from 24 July – 13 August 2017, at both The Place and King’s Place. They are also delighted to announce that the well-received Cubitt Sessions will be back as a centre-piece of the festival. Full details on productions and tickets will be announced in May 2017. Watch this space!

Besides announcing its 2017 season, Tête à Tête also released a Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 10th anniversary report, demonstrating their outstanding commitment to inclusivity and diversity: 22% of composers in 2015 were BAME or coming from minority backgrounds.

You can read the full report here.

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This year, they will also be launching ‘MyNewOpera’, a global platform featuring the work of producers from all over the world, ready to watch. They already have an archive of over 400 videos for the launch, with many more to be added before then. It turns out that the explosion of small-scale new opera and music theatre is a global trend, and online, without barriers, it can start to happen worldwide.

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WildKat PR is very excited to be working with Tête à Tête again this year. For the latest news and releases on this year’s festival, follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and Tête à Tête on Twitter. Also, check out their brand new website and full announcements here.

(Written on January 19, 2017 )

According to industry body BPI, sales of classical recordings fell by 5% last year and for many, the classical genre continues to carry a certain stigma, which is difficult to shake. It is no secret that classical music hasn’t always found it easy to move with the times. However, recent years have shown a flourish of exciting new material – from fringe opera to flash mobs.

At the forefront of this revolution is contemporary opera festival Tête-à-Tête, which saw its opening night last night at ‘The Place’. The final performance of the evening was composer Tim Benjamin’s Life Stories, produced by Radius. The double-bill featured R.I.P and Silent Jack – two one-act operas based on gripping, dark short stories by Anton Chekhov and Anthony Peter.

Feedback after the performances of Life Stories earlier this month demonstrated the impact that contemporary productions have. With 18% of audience members first-time opera-goers, and 96% giving positive or strongly positive reviews, the possibility for performances such as this to attract a new public is clear.

A second London performance of Life Stories will take place at 8:55pm at ‘The Place’ tonight. Click here for details of how to buy tickets and support the opera revolution!

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(Written on July 22, 2015 )

We recently announced that Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival joined WildKat PR as a client and today we are pleased to reveal that the programme for the 2015 Season has been released and early-bird tickets are now on sale! Spanning three weeks and in multiple venues around King’s Cross such as The Place, Egg, the RADA GBS Studio and Regents Theatre, over 100 performances will take place and 40 new works are scheduled. Each night, there will be up to three performances, allowing audiences to fully enjoy as much of the festival as possible.

Opening the season is Streetwise Opera and Tête à Tête’s co-production of People Watch which is a comic yet dark take on Channel 4’s Gogglebox. Indeed, technology is a loose theme of this year’s festival what with Kevin JonesYour Call…, about our modern relationship with the digital world, focusing on voice technology and synthesised speech. Similarly, Of Zoe and The Woman I Sing explores the idea around voice avatars. 

Another WildKat PR client Tim Benjamin will feature at the festival with his new work Life Stories ,which explores the lives of two people facing their final moments.

There are many new features this year, including two world prèmieres that were written in collaboration with writers who have worked with the Festival in 2014 on the Pop Up Operas. One of these is Chocolat author Joanne Harris. Many traditional operas are also being given a makeover, make sure you go to Rock Tosca and Reimagined Turandot . Another innovation introduced this year are the Tête à Tête Club Nights, evenings beginning with conventional opera and morphing into a nightclubbing experience with a guest DJ from Nonclassical. Truly, they deserve their reputation as the people who are redefining and reclaiming the word ‘opera.’

The successful pop up operas and street performances of previous years, feature again in 2015 in Cubitt Square, Granary Square and throughout King’s Cross.

Check out the full line up and book your tickets, which are on sale now, through the website. Keep up to date with the summer festival on Tête à Tête’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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(Written on May 7, 2015 )