• Details

    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 SchoolsSOLD 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 supported by The Chalk Cliff Trust through 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