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Leading music festivals get together to stage first ever opera on the sleeper

Scotland’s soundfestival and London’s Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival collaborate on Belongings

  • World Premiere, 24 July 2017.
  • Further performance on the train on 9 November 2017
  • Pop up performances at King Cross Station until 13 August and in Deeside in November

Two leading music festivals, Scotland’s soundfestival and London’s Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, have staged the first ever opera on the sleeper it as revealed this morning, (25 July 2017). The piece, Belongings, had its World Premiere on the service from Aberdeen to London last night.

Belongings, which is inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers, has music by Samual Bordoli and libretto by Bill Bankes-Jones. It was performed in the lounge car of the train by cellist Zosia Jagodzinska and tenor: Robert Lewis

The performance was staged as part of Tête à Tête’s10th 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 the night of 9/10 November 2017. Meanwhile, the piece will also be performed as a pop-up work King’s Cross station throughout the Tête à Tête festival which runs until 13 August, and in Deeside at soundfestival later in the year.


“Our performance on the sleeper was designed to welcome audiences from two of the countries’ most creative cities to sample new music and works,” says Bill Bankes-Jones, Director of the Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

“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,” says 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.”


For further information on soundfestival,, which this year takes place in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire between 26 October and 11 November, visit http://sound-scotland.co.uk/event/soundfestival-2017

For further information on Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2017 visit http://www.tete-a-tete.org.uk/festival/opera-festival-2017/

For press and media information on Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival contact: Olivia Brown olivia@wildkatpr.com

For press and media information on soundfestival contact: Lesley Booth, 0779 941 4474 / Lesley@newcenturypr.com

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