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Tête à Tête festival: Gender identity, passion, madness …

Get ready for this summer’s Tête à Tête festival of short operas around King’s Cross

16 June, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Five cellists in the opera Deeply

Tickets are now on sale for the extraordinary, magnificent Tête à Tête festival of short operas being held in King’s Cross venues this summer, starting on July 25.

Overall, there are 34 opera productions during the three-week festival, inevitably including the first of no doubt many Brexit operas. Others include The Moot Virginity of Catherine of Aragon, The Woman Who Refused to Dance and Citizens of Nowhere.

Typical of the style of the short operas is Deeply, a love/death opera for a soprano, actress and five cellos that explores gender identity, outing, passion, anguish, madness and the desire to live.

“We’ve found enthusiasm for the festival from a very wide public in Camden and Islington,” says festival curator Bill Bankes-Jones.

• Tête à Tête runs from July 25-August 13. Early bird tickets £5 available till Monday, June 19. Thereafter online tickets £7.50 or £9.50 @door or by phone. For full details and tickets go to

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