Celebrate IWD 2022 with the Royal Opera at St Pancras International.

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, the Royal Opera present Lost and Found: a series of brand-new, train-themed, micro-operas created by women composer and librettist teams. On Tuesday 8 March 2022, between 11am and 6pm, St. Pancras International will become a stage for the day, giving commuters the chance to enjoy stories and songs based on submissions from the public.

At the Eurostar terminal, passengers will be serenaded by two works that explore and reflect on shared experiences, and moments of magic found in the mundanity of everyday commuting. Georgia Barnes and Olivia Bell’s Everything you carry, and Rose Hall and Katie Colombus’ It’s The Little Things.

Travelers at the National Rail Service departure boards will hear Laura Reid and Oge Nwosu’s poetic song Detritus – told through the eyes of a cleaner, who unites people with their lost items.

‘The Meeting Place’ will be the backdrop for four works centered around time and travel. Sarah Lianne Lewis and Sophia Chapadjiev’s The Parting Place tells the tale of an elusive voyeur, whilst the fast-paced I just wanna be (in Centre Parcs) by Joanna Taylor and Kerry Priest explores journeys beyond the everyday. Hidden disabilities are highlighted in Anna Braithwaite and Kerry Priest’s The Hardest Journey, whilst comic opera Mini break by Victoria Bernath and Teresa Howard spotlights the panic of lost passports and the inevitable bickering that follows.

Lost and Found is part of the Europalia Arts Festival, reaching European railway stations including Antwerp Central Station, Brussels Central Station, and, in May 2022, Rotterdam Central Station.

The performances in St. Pancras International are presented in collaboration with site-performance specialists Curated Place, offering London’s commuters and long-haul travellers the chance to pause, reflect and enjoy a moment of art and connection in an unlikely place.