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Opera gets intimate at the Tête-à-Tête Festival

02 August, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Einstein’s Dreams – one of three productions at RADA Studios on August 7

The Tête-à-Tête Festival of short operas is getting into overdrive with a plethora of pieces over the coming week, ticket prices £9.50 on the door except where stated.

First up this Friday (August 3) is an immersive sci-fi piece Wear at The Crossing, King’s Cross. It’s about the end of the world where two people are re-united without memory of the past. Start time 8pm.

Next Tuesday (August 7), there are three operas, all at RADA Studios, Chenies Walk, Fitzrovia. First is Blue Electric, set in 1980s Paris, about a young woman’s search for identity in the shadow of her artist father’s hidden history. Start time 7pm.
Next is Einstein’s Dreams, based on the best-selling novel by Alan Lightman. Imagine a world where each love affair has three different endings, where people chase nightingales. Start time 8pm.
Third, NIBIRU! is a tone-poem musing on the end of the world, the end of estate agents, social networking and internet conspiracy theories. Start time 9pm.

Wednesday (August 8) brings another three pieces, again at RADA Studios. First is Vicky and Albert about love, loneliness and Lobster Thermidor – but will Albert win Vicky’s heart? Start time 7pm.
Next is The Cloak and Dagger Affair, based on a play by Lorca, challenging ideas of love and lust, gender and identity. Start time 7.40pm.
Third, Entanglement! An Entropic Tale is a “cosmic dissemination opera” that describes the mysteries of our universe (and many others). Start time 8.40pm.

Next Thursday (August 9) has two shows. The first is Nightshade: Aubergine at Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross. Originally conceived as “music theatre/road movie”, it’s about culinary musical encounters. Start time 6.30pm – free.
Second, there’s Dear Marie Stopes at the Wellcome Collection, Euston Road. This is the world premiere of a chamber opera inspired by emotionally charged letters sent to Marie Stopes in response to her “sex manual”. Start time 8pm – free.

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