Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2021

A Festival Of New Opera. 

Live On Stage, Online & On Demand.

More than ever, what a pleasure it is to present Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival - and amazingly to do so for the fourteenth time. 
After the extreme roller-coaster of 2020, where we opera makers found ourselves clinging on to each other for dear life yet somehow together built a festival every bit as good as ever, it’s a privilege and a delight to collaborate with so many brilliant, resilient artists all emerging undaunted from the wreckage with an inspired determination to unearth more and more discoveries that will take opera into a healthily thriving future. 
We’re each still processing what has happened to us over the past eighteen months, and it’s fascinating, as ever, to see how this emerges in themes across the works in the festival, whether drawing lessons from the past to inform a better future, developing the lessons on inclusion we’ve been learning over the last year and a half, or exploring to a dystopian – or maybe utopian - posthuman future, the passion, ingenuity and invention of all these intrepid artists is a thrill to experience, as I’m sure it will be for you, our audiences.
We’re so happy to continue the Interactive Broadcasts we developed with our partners at The Cockpit last year, opening up the work to those who can’t access the conventional spaces of opera.  We’re also delighted again to welcome back to our performance spaces the live interactions of artist and audience we’ve been so starved of.
As ever, we all owe a huge vote of thanks to all our funders and supporters, and in particular Arts Council England and The Cockayne Foundation, whose long-term support has made our future remarkably secure for the next few years to come.  Needless to say, any further help is very much more than welcome.

- Bill Bankes-Jones, Artistic Director, Tête à Tête. 

For more information and to see full Festival listings, please visit the Tête à Tête website.


We ask our audiences to stay home if there is any risk of infection, and to stick to one metre social distancing at all times. 

We continue to:

  • Reduce the number of people using spaces in the building
  • Maintain COVID safe cleaning regimes   
  • Make available bottles of hand sanitiser and wipes throughout the building
  • Open all the doors and windows to aid air-flow and fill the place with potted plants that cheer us all up (and calm us all down).

For this show we are keeping managed social distancing in place. 

We also request that everyone wear a mask when moving around the building, wash their hands often and practice self-distancing. Our companies and audiences will include Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people. We want everyone to feel and be safe.

  • You will be asked to queue outside in your bubbles, so wear weather-relevant clothes and let us know if you or anyone you know has a mobility or standing difficulty by emailing the Box Office.   
  • We will check you in on arrival. You may be asked for ID so please have some handy. 
  • We will show you straight into the auditorium - unless you need to use the facilities - where you will be seated in your bubbles
  • There will be one way systems in place.  Our gorgeous stewards will guide you and show you how to leave should you need to.
  •  In the auditorium, another gorgeous steward will check our seating plan and show you to your seat(s). Like in a restaurant. 

We will be running a normal bar service with extra tables for your drinking comfort.

For more information on how things work, have a look at our dedicated Covid:19 page. 

All  performances will also have Interactive Broadcasts.  

When you book for an interactive broadcast, you will receive an order confirmation. The link to the broadcast will then be in your Order Reminder email sent on the day of the broadcast.

For those who prefer to access the broadcast by telephone, please call The Cockpit Box Office on 020 7258 2925.

If you can’t make the broadcast time, or wish to watch at a time after the broadcast date, the recording will remain online and you can watch it whenever you like.  All ticket holders can watch again as many times as they like for 28 days after the broadcast, and you are welcome to buy tickets after the live event.