The Royal Opera House (ROH) has announced plans to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022.
ROH will present “Lost and Found,” a collection of seven train-themed micro-operas written entirely by women. Performances will take place at St. Pancras International Station from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 8.
Source material for “Lost and Found” comes from anecdotes submitted by the public to ROH focusing on themes of time, reunion, farewell, and movement; making St. Pancras the perfect performance space.
Travelers at the Eurostar terminal will hear “Everything you carry” by Georgia Barnes and Olivia Bell and “It’s The Little Things” by Rose Hall and Katie Colombus. These operas explore the monotony of daily commutes and, in turn, the perspective of someone waiting for an arrival gate.
At the National Rail Station Service, departing commuters will be serenaded by Laura Reid and Oge Nwosu’s ‘Detritus’. This song is sung from the perspective of a cleaner reuniting people with their lost items.
The iconic statue “The Metting Place” will see four pieces. First “The Parting Place” by Sarah Lianne Lewis and Sohpia Chapadjiev, then “I just wanna be (in Center Parcs)” by Joanna Taylor and Kerry Priest, “The Hardest Journey” by Anna Braithwaite and Kerry Priest, and finally Victoria The comic opera “Mini Break” by Bernarth and Teresa Howard.
The composer and librettist teams and singers of “Lost and Found” are all part of the Jette Parker Young Artist program. The singers who will be featured are April Koyejo-Audiger, Thando Mjandana, Chuma Sijeqa, Blaise Malaba, Egor Zhuravskii, Siân Dicker, Milly Forrest, Njabulo Madlala, Sam Marston, Zahid Siddiqui and Jamie Woollard. They are joined by players from Casco Phil.
Angelique MacDonald, producer of the Jette Parker Young Artists, said in a press release: “It has been a privilege to read the personal stories that have been shared with us for this project and to see them inspire seven new works in different styles and styles. approaches. Opera is a naturally human art form and it is extremely exciting to be able to do such relevant work with Casco Phil at St. Pancras International.