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Popular opera returns to Caledonian Sleeper

Guests travelling on board last Thursday’s Caledonian Sleeper service were given a second chance to experience miniature musical theatre piece ‘Belongings’ as they journeyed between London and Aberdeen.

Co-commissioned by Scotland’s soundfestival and Tête à Tête: the Opera Festival, the performance, which is inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers, was held in the overnight service’s Lounge and followed the World Premiere held exclusively on Caledonian Sleeper earlier this year.

Belongings formed part of a major focus on contemporary opera including a series of pop up performances in unusual spaces and places which took place during the final weekend of the 2017 festival.

Commenting on the performance on board Caledonian Sleeper, Fiona Robertson, festival director at sound said: “Taking music out of the concert hall and into different places is part of sound’s ethos. By encountering the performances in places such as Caledonian Sleeper we hope people will feel more at ease than in the traditional concert hall.”

Ryan Flaherty, Serco’s guest experience director at Caledonian Sleeper, added: “The premiere performance of Belongings was so popular that we decided to give guests a second chance to experience the musical treat.

“The piece is extremely apt for Caledonian Sleeper, bringing alive the magic of train travel. We hope that our guests enjoyed the performance and we look forward to bringing more events on board next year.”

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