Celebrating 20 years and 10 festivals, Tête à Tête have announced details of their summer festival which will take over King’s Cross from the 24 July – 13 August. 

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The festival, curated by Bill Bankes-Jones will confront big issues of today as well as celebrating opera as a great night out.

Highlights for this year’s festival will 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 and an opera in the form of a podcast.

For those who wish to visit there will also 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. 

The themes for this year’s festival include isolation, self-expression & identity, as well as artificial intelligence, women’s rights  and current affairs.

Meanwhile, the festival will include family friendly operas, reality television in opera-form, & an albatross task force to illustrate the more open, experimental side of the company.

During its time 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.

Tête à Tête Opera Festival will run from the 24th July until the 13th August. For more information and to book tickets for any of the shows visit: http://www.tete-a-tete.org.uk/festival/opera-festival-2017/

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