Lost in Thought

A mindfullness opera

Wash up
Waking up

Lost in Thought is the world’s first ‘mindfulness opera’ by Rolf Hind (music/concept) and directed by Frederic Wake-Walker. Based on the classic structure of an extended meditation, it explores the points of contact between sound and silence in music and meditation.

Specially designed for an intimate audience, the boundaries between performer and audience blur as mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg and seven musicians accompany you on an inner journey of mindfulness, with periods of meditation, rest, communal eating, and a gentle yoga session.

An immersive four-hour performance, Lost in Thought combines music and meditation, bringing a new intensity to every sensation – an inner-drama of mindfulness.

Lost in Thought premiered at LSO St Luke’s on 25 September 2015 as part of the Barbican’s Transcender series.

  • Loré Lixenberg mezzo-soprano and meditation leader
  • Matthew Jones violin and viola
  • Stuart King clarinet
  • Siwan Rhys piano
  • Yngvild Vivja Haaland Ruud accordion
  • Helen Sharp harp
  • Gabriella Swallow cello
  • Sam Wilson percussion
  • Paul Burrows mindfulness guide
  • Eliza McCarthy mindfulness guide
  • Rolf Hind music and concept
  • Frederic Wake-Walker director
  • Alice Knight associate director
  • Tamsin Rose production manager
  • Nick Fowler stage manager
...oddly touching, inspiring and, like life itself, absurd... I recommend you go along.
...a sincere and immersive experience.
The Stage

18 & 19 Feb 2017

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany

15 & 16 Jan 2016

Pontio, Bangor

18 & 19 October 2015

The Lowry, Salford Quays

25, 26 & 27 Seprember 2015

LSO St Luke's, London, presented by the Barbican as part of Transcender


Co-produced by Mahogany Opera Group and the Barbican


Performances supported by Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust and RVW Trust.

Mahogany Opera Group would also like to extend thanks and appreciation to Arts Council England, John Ellerman Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, King’s College London, PRS for Music Foundation and Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement for their support during the creation of the work.

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