Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival Closes Out 2020 Edition With ‘Elena’ & ‘Powder Room Talks’

By David Salazar

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival is set to close out its 2020 edition with two more major events on Nov. 27, 2020.

The company is set to present “Elena,” a work that takes audiences into the memories of three generations of women. Additionally, the organization will present “Powder Room Talks: The Women of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2020,” which will allow audiences to get to know the creators behind the event as they talk about their creative process during times of COVID-19 and the future of women creators in the opera world.

“I’m delighted to end this festival with two outliers that each come from very special places. The ‘Powder Room Talks’ was initiated entirely by the women leading individual shows in this year’s festival, who were indeed two thirds of lead artists. I can’t wait to hear them talk,” Bill Bankes-Jones, Artistic Director of Tête à Tête, told OperaWire. “Then ‘Elena,’ our final online performance, was originally part of a planned collaboration led by the Royal College of Music in May 2020. It will be a pleasure to see this riveting show come to life, particularly having got so far into the design process before being interrupted by the lockdown. A true survivor of the pandemic.”

Angela Luque, Composer and Producer of “Elena,” added, ‘If last year someone had told me that I would be writing my first opera and producing my first film in the middle of a pandemic I wouldn’t have believed them. ‘Elena’ has challenged me and the rest of my team in ways we never thought would be possible, and that is also the intent of this project, to challenge the audience and show another way of creating opera. I’m forever grateful to the three women whose stories inspired me to create this opera. They have taught me very valuable lessons and also showed me that real life can be more surreal than fiction.