Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival unleashes its tenth celebration of new opera including complete short operas and works-in-progress
This year marks production company Tête à Tête’s twentieth anniversary, ten years of which have additionally been concerned with hosting an annual opera festival to unlock opportunities for a new generation of opera creators and audiences. There was no festival last year but the company experimented with many other ways of supporting new opera including the free Cubitt’s Sessions – (simply turn up and enjoy) and these will form a central part of this year’s festival.
Confronted with some 300 performers and 40 different shows ranging from the experimental to the sublime it is difficult to make a choice of what to see. This year the company is giving us a hand by grouping shows into helpful categories:
TOPICS OF TODAY obviously include immigration and Brexit but also modern parenting and the future of robots;
STEP BACK IN HISTORY – operas based on classic stories and historical themes ranging from ancient Babylon to Catherine of Aragon and Diaghilev, including a re-imagined version of The Winter’s Tale;
SPICY! ONLY FOR ADULTS is pretty much self-explanatory and includes happy cowgirls, gyrating dinosaurs, twisted love stories, scandalous deceit, gender identity, passion, anguish, madness and the possible colonization of Mars;
FAMILIES & YOUNG CHILDREN includes an opera created for very young children and babies and a new opera for children of all ages based on Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales along with free shows for family enjoyment, cabaret opera and Impropera's improvised opera.
Tête à Tête themselves will provide surprises throughout and round off the whole thing with a celebration of their 20 years of activity on the last night.
Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival opens on July 25 and continues until August 13 at a variety of venues in and around King’s Cross.