Belongings: a new youth opera by Lewis Murphy for 2017

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On 11 November 2017 Glyndebourne Youth Opera will stage Belongings, a newly commissioned opera by Lewis Murphy (Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in-Residence) with a libretto by young up-and-coming writer Laura Attridge.

The piece will explore the theme of child migration through two contrasting settings: the arrival of evacuees at Lewes station in WWII and the current humanitarian crisis within the Calais refugee camp known as ‘the jungle’.

The performance will feature a cast of around 60 members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera groups 1 and 2, aged between 9 and 19, who will perform alongside three professional singers and a small professional orchestra.

The production will be led by GYO Music Director, Lee Reynolds, and GYO Director, Lucy Bradley, with design by Ellan Parry. This commission will mark 20 years of Glyndebourne Youth Opera, which was founded in 1997 after the success of Misper by John Lunn.

‘We’re delighted that through this project we are continuing Glyndebourne’s strong tradition of supporting young composers and librettists, and commissioning new work for Glyndebourne Youth Opera’ says Glyndebourne’s Head of Education Lucy Perry.

‘The issues touched upon are ones that affect the world today, and it’s exactly at these times that it’s so important for Glyndebourne to create challenging and transformative work for and with our local community.’

Lewis Murphy’s’ previous work at Glyndebourne includes A Garden Dream, a piece inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that was performed by Glyndebourne Youth Opera during the interval at selected Festival 2016 performances. You can watch the performance here.