St Pancras Station to become an opera hall on International Women's Day

London’s St Pancras Station to become an opera hall on International Women’s Day

St Pancras

After all that’s happened the past two years, moments of calm reflection are hugely welcome. And when better to reflect and to connect with each other through art than on International Women’s Day?

Commuters and long-haul travellers at London’s St Pancras International station can expect just that on March 8, as the station becomes a stage for a series of brand-new, train-themed micro-operas put together by teams of female composers and librettists.

Among works included will be Laura Reid and Oge Nwosu’s poetic song Detritus, performed at the National Rail service departure boards while Sarah Lianne Lewis and Sophia Chapadjiev’s The Parting Place tells the story of an enigmatic voyeur and will take place against the backdrop of the station’s famous ‘The Meeting Place’.

Members of the public submitted anecdotes to the Royal Opera House with the female composer and librettist duos selected after an open call from the ROH’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme (JPYA).

The Meeting Place
The Meeting Place at St Pancras Station

The event is part of the Europalia Arts Festival, which involves European railway stations including Antwerp, Brussels and Rotterdam central stations.

JPYA producer Angelique MacDonald said: “It has been a privilege to read the personal stories that were shared with us for this project, and watch them inspire seven new works in different styles and approaches. Opera is an innately human art form and it’s hugely exciting to be able to perform such relatable work with Caso Phil at St Pancras International.”

Wendy Spinks, commercial director at HS1, said: “We are so excited for St Pancras International to be the backdrop for the latest Lost and Found performances, straight off the Eurostar. There will no doubt be many interesting and entertaining stories from travellers who pass through train stations, and we can’t wait to see them brought to life through the magic and beauty of opera.”

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