The world premiere of a new youth opera exploring the experiences of young people forced by war to flee their homes.
Belongings, a newly commissioned opera by Lewis Murphy (Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in- Residence) tracks the journeys of two groups of young people, divided by decades but united by the geographical displacement they experience.
Accompanied by their teacher, a group of evacuees board the train from London to Lewes to escape the Blitz, singing of the exciting adventure they anticipate in the countryside. Their optimism fades as they begin to pine for home, and one group decides to run away.
Meanwhile, in the present day, a group of refugee children are re-building their recently demolished shelters. They try to remain positive while contemplating the dangerous final stage of their journeys.
Sung in English with English supertitles
Dates and times
Friday 10 November, 1.00pm Performance for Schools – SOLD OUT
Saturday 11 November, 3.00pm
This performance is suitable for adults and young people aged 9 and above, lasts approximately 60 minutes and does not include an interval.
Belongings is made possible with the help of The Chalk Cliff Trust, RVW Trust, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, The Boltini Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, an anonymous supporter and investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.
Cast and creative team
Composer Lewis Murphy
Librettist Laura Attridge
Conductor Lee Reynolds
Director Lucy Bradley
Designer Ellan Parry
Cast includes young performers from Glyndebourne Youth Opera supported by three professional singers and chamber ensemble.
Ted/Theo Rodney Earl Clarke
Helen/Hallamah Leslie Davis
Maggie/Marjana Nardus Williams