Rhinegold Zosia Jagodzinska and Robert Lewis perform Belongings

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Caledonian Sleeper hosts opera performance

2:55, 25th July 2017

An opera has been performed on the Caledonian Sleeper for the first time.

Belongings, inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers, received its premiere on the service from Aberdeen to London on 24 July. The opera’s music was written by Samuel Bordoli and its libretto by Bill Bankes-Jones.

It was performed in the lounge car of the train by cellist Zosia Jagodzinska and tenor Robert Lewis as part of Tête à Tête’s tenth anniversary festival and in partnership with Scotland’s new music festival, soundfestival.

There will be a further chance to experience the opera on the sleeper on 9 November 2017. The piece will also be performed as a pop-up work at King’s Cross station throughout the Tête à Tête Opera Festival, which runs until 13 August, and in Deeside at soundfestival in November.

‘Our performance on the sleeper was designed to welcome audiences from two of the countries’ most creative cities to sample new music and works,’ said Bill Bankes-Jones, director of Tête à Tête’s Opera Festival and the librettist of Belongings.

‘As part of a number of projects to help increase access to new music soundfestival has staged operas in a range of unusual places including a lighthouse and a stable, and even on a bus,’ said Fiona Robertson, director of sound. ‘We were delighted to be able to take this initiative forward with special performances on the sleeper.

‘We hope hearing this opera will encourage people to come and enjoy more performances both at Tête à Tête and soundfestival.’

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