The Guardian

19 March 2023

Preview feature by Safi Bugel

‘I’m finding my voice’: the opera sung by once homeless people

After being born into homelessness, Phillippa Marlowe-Hunt, 42, continued to spend most of her life sofa surfing as a young adult. Next week, 20 years after her last night sleeping rough, she will sing opera to hundreds of people at London’s Southbank Centre.

Phillippa is one of about 100 people with experience of homelessness who will perform alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Sixteen choir as part of Streetwise Opera’s Re:sound programme.


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