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An opera in four acts

Zoë, a young film student discovers that she has been cloned from a Hollywood film-star with whom her father, a genetic scientist, had been in love as a young man. She joins an eco-terrorist cell and vows revenge on her father and his company.

Composer John Lunn

Book and lyrics Stephen Plaice

Directed by Stephen Langridge

Conducted by James Morgan

Designed by Conor Murphy

Choreography by Vanessa Gray

Lighting Design by Keith Benson

Starring: Geoffrey Dolton, Fiona Campbell, Richard Coxon, Jonathan Viera, Daniel Gill, Emily Gilchrist, Gemma Ticehurst, Rebecca Bowden, Mark Enticknap

Brighton Youth Orchestra

Première: 1st March 2000

Zoe in performance

Press notices

'Perfect Ten out of Teen. If I see another opera as enthralling as Zoe this year I shall count myslef very lucky... Plaice, normally found supplying gritty slices of urban verismo for the Bill, has devised a story that moves swiftly and surely from tongue-in-cheek Raymond Chandler pastiche to a wild genetic nightmare, without ever straining credulity.'
Richard Morrison The Times

'What a pleasure to experience something so enjoyable, so full of depth, angry energy, warmth and invention that the label 'contemporary opera for teenagers' seems inadequate. The exuberant, hard-hitting piece, more musical theatre than opera, held its audience gripped from start to finish. Standards were impressive, the energy infectious. The whoops and whistles were deserved'.
Fiona Maddocks The Observer

' The result, splendidly staged and perfromed by a mixture of energetic and accomplished professionals and young amateurs, is punchy and enjoyable.'
Rupert Christiansen The Telegraph

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