A new opera for a new opera festival

Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Tete a Tete is continuing it's tradition of boldly taking opera where no opera has gone before and is putting on a very exciting three week opera festival at the Riverside Studios the August. As part of that there'll be an event in which I'll be presenting with Bill Bankes Jones the plans for my new opera which is currently under a development commission from ROH2.

The new opera is planned to be based on Sally Wainwright's BBC TV script of The Taming of the Shrew, (which starred Rufus Sewell and Shirley Henderson who were both sensational). It follows the broad outlines of the Shakespeare but the characters and context are all thoroughly modern. It's hilarious, over-the-top, slightly deranged, and very moving - everything a good opera should be.

Please come along if you can and give us some feedback, it's billed as a 'starter' before the appetising main course later that evening.

Book tickets here

The very exciting news is that the fabulous soprano Mary Plazas is now confirmed to sing a couple of arias from the new opera during this event - new arias so hot off the press they're still steaming! I've seen Mary perform a number of times, including in the TV version of Ades's Powder Her Face, and she's always been outstanding.



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