Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Looking back, looking forward: after an extraordinary year, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival presents a final opera, and two talks centred on the 2020 festival

Angela Luque and Isabel Grábalos: Elena

This year's Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival was a triumph of will and creativity over circumstance. During July, the festival presented 19 live shows at the Cockpit Theatre, allowing over 100 opera makers back into the theatre, and everything was streamed on-line as well. But the festival is not quite over for 2020, and it has three further events to intrigue us. Two events are talks, which look back on the 2020 festival, seeing what was done and what we can learn, whilst there is one final on-line opera.

On 25 November, there is an Opera and Music Theatre Forum (OMTF) Team Talk with the Tête à Tête team, and artistic director Bill Bankes-Jones, who put together the 2020 festival, sharing insights into programming and platforms, buildings and box office, marketing and monetising, and of course Health & Safety in this most strange of years. Further details from the festival website.

On 27 November, the music theatre group Aukoko will be hosting the first of its Powder Room Talks in which will chat to a group of women creatives from this year's festival to explore innovation and the creative process in times of Covid-19, and the future of women opera-makers, featuring contributions from April Koyejo-Audiger, Georgia Barnes, Anna Ho, Simone Ibbet-Brown and Julia Mintzer. Further details from the festival website.

Also, on 27 November, there will be one last Tête à Tête opera for 2020. LUQ society with perform Elena by Angela Luque and Isabel Grábalos. Described as a surrealist take on the true story of a family marked by adversity, the work looks at three women, three generations with a common past that persists in the form of transgenerational trauma. Further information from the festival website.

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