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    To celebrate European Opera Days 2018 you can watch Lewis Murphy’s youth opera Belongings in full on our website.

    The opera is available to watch in full here:

    About Belongings

    A new youth opera exploring the experiences of young people forced by war to flee their homes.

    Belongings is a newly commissioned opera composed by Lewis Murphy (Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in- Residence) with a libretto by Laura Attridge. Belongings 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


    What is the next opera you can see online?

    • This year three Festival operas will be available to watch online for freeMadama Butterfly (Thursday 21 June, live) Saul (Thursday 26 July, captured live in 2015) and Vanessa (Tuesday 14 August, live).

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    How can you take part in a project like Belongings?

    • You can find more details of how to take part here.

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    • If you’re passionate about developing young talent and engaging new audiences in opera, you can help by visiting our Support us page.

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    ​​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

    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