Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2023

From a sonic walk to a football-inspired opera, works based on ancient classics to murder mysteries, Tête à Tête continues to hold a safe space for artists to boldly tell their stories and bring new audiences together in opera.

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2023 has announced its full line-up and tickets are now on sale. 

Running from 29 August to 12 September, and featuring extramusical events such as an LGBTQIA+ artist panel and a producer’s forum, this year celebrates the resilience and community spirit of its artists and the safe space they have created together.

Crocodile of Old Kang Pow (2022) (c) Claire Shovelton

Highlights include:

  • 02 SEPT: PLASTIC BODIESwhich shines a blacklight on how the opera industry objectifies and sexualises female bodies on stage. 
  • 03 SEPT: Bermondsey 1983, a documentary opera detailing the Bermondsey by-election and homophobic smear campaign against Labour candidate Peter Tatchell; 
  • 07 SEPT: Song Queen: A Pidgin Opera Reimaginedin which Helen Epega performs a new version of the first-ever Pidgin English opera, first staged at Tête à Tête in 2015;
  • 12 SEPT: Displaced A Woolwich Arsenal Opera, followingthe birth of a football club and community, and the impact of that club’s displacement to North London.

ABOVE: Song Queen (2015) (c) Claire Shovelton