World's first 'mindfulness opera' launched by Barbican

The world's first "mindfulness opera" will feature silence, yoga, communal eating and even washing up when it is launched by the Barbican in September.

The four-hour show Lost in Thought will take audiences on "an inner journey of mindfulness" based on an extended meditation, including periods of rest.

Performers including mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg will mingle with the audience as they lead the interactive opera.

Composer Rolf Hind has created both the concept and Buddhism-inspired music.

He is hoping the immersive musical performance will counteract the "critical mind" which people often apply to a show or concert, as well as the usual barriers between the audience and the performers.

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