Trinity Laban alumni feature heavily as composers, librettists, singers, musicians and creatives in this summer’s Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.
For three weeks every summer, the festival takes over a number of conventional and unconventional spaces and fills them with an abundance of operatic writing, aiming to broaden audiences for opera. This year, performances take place at Kings Place and neighbouring venues for three weeks from 21 July – 9 August.
Founder and artistic director Bill Bankes-Jones says: “The Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival has always sought to provide a platform for established and up-and-coming opera composers and librettists to present small-scale operatic works, however experimental. This year’s festival will feature more than 100 performances of over 40 different, newly composed operas, providing a unique opportunity for composers to see and share ideas, in an atmosphere of collaborative experimentation and joie-de-vivre.”
Highlights from Trinity Laban alumni this year include the multimedia opera Myisi by Litha Efthymiou, Oh Whistle and I’ll Come with a libretto by Jack Cherry, The Doll Behind the Curtain, written by Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour and directed by Maya Sapone, and a triple bill from the composition collective Bastard Assignments, fronted by Edward Henderson and Timothy Cape.
For more details on Trinity Laban involvement, read a blog from Trinity Laban alumnus Felicity Hayward, herself a performer in the festival.
The Tête-à-Tête festival runs from 21 July – 9 August 2015. For more information about the festival and to book tickets for any of the events, visit the Tête-à-Tête website.