To celebrate 20 years and 10 festivals, Tête à Tête is once again taking over King’s Cross this summer with its extraordinary line-up of new opera.
Bill Bankes-Jones has curated a programme for the 2017 festival that not only celebrates new opera as a great night out but also confronts the pressing issues of today like never before. The rapid turnaround times of the festival productions allow swift reactions to current events, allowing Tête à Tête’s artists to offer a strikingly current programme, unencumbered by long lead-in times usually found in the arts.
Juxtaposing the nurturing, supporting ethos of the company, this year’s festival themes highlight the safe place that Tête à Tête has cultivated for sharing art, ideas, & the deeply personal. Themes of this year’s programme include isolation, self-expression & identity, as well as artificial intelligence, women’s rights & current affairs. The inclusion of child-friendly operas, reality television in opera-form, & an albatross task force also illustrate the more open, experimental side of the company.
Highlights of the festival include the world’s first Brexit opera; a dinosaur love story; an opera set in airport immigration, whose composer couldn’t make the first workshop due to Trump’s travel ban; a tale of an African slave whose story was used by William Wilberforce; a robot conductor; an opera in the form of a podcast, & much more.
There will be a weekend of Devoted & Disgruntled, in partnership with Improbable, to encourage conversation & debate for those involved in and/or passionate about the opera community. Tête à Tête is also delighted to be continuing its partnership with King’s Cross this year with the much-loved Cubitt Sessions returning to the Lewis Cubbitt Square.
As demonstrated in its 10th-anniversary research report, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival has hosted over 1,000 performances of 400+ different productions, seen by 75,000 people. Since 2007, Tête à Tête has filmed & uploaded 400 original productions, creating the world’s largest online collection of new opera. Collectively, they have been viewed more than 750,000 times across 155 countries.