Announcing our upcoming opera in Newcastle

Photo: Sound Chaser Band

Streetwise Opera announces the world premiere of an immersive opera at Sage Gateshead. Tell Me The Truth About Love will be performed in Sage Two on 14 and 15 April 2018.

The show is directed by Olivier Award-winning director Bijan Sheibani and designed by Linbury Prize winning designer Samal Blak, with writing and dramaturgy by Meriel Sheibani-Clare. Celebrating Streetwise Opera’s 15th anniversary, the production will be performed by adults from Streetwise Opera Newcastle/Gateshead who have experienced, or are at risk of, homelessness, alongside musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Tell Me the Truth About Love explores love through an immersive wedding theme in which audience members join the wedding party of a mystery couple. Love in all its different guises will be put under the spotlight as the bride, groom, best man and even a long lost cousin break out in song and tell their tale.

Funny, moving and heart-breaking real life stories of love – from passion aboard the Tuxedo Princess to a die-hard fan's devotion to Newcastle United – have provided inspiration for this celebratory opera. These local tales have been gathered by Streetwise Opera performers in association with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

The opera features Benjamin Britten’s cabaret song Tell Me The Truth About Love, with words by W.H. Auden, alongside a range of new and local repertoire. Composers Will Todd and Anna Appleby, who both grew up in Newcastle/Gateshead, have been commissioned to write new music. Local songs include Jimmy Nail’Big River and Bridie Jackson’s Final Lullaby.

The show is being produced in partnership with local organisations Sage GatesheadRoyal Northern SinfoniaTyne & Wear Archives & MuseumsReCoCo and Changing Lives. BBC Newcastle is media partner for the production.

The production is the result of a long-term artistic partnership between Streetwise Opera and Sage Gateshead. The organisations collaborated in 2006 on their production of Whirlwind by Will Todd, and Streetwise Opera currently runs weekly workshops and regularly stages small-scale performances at the venue.

For further information and to book tickets, visit or call 0191 443 4661.