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Paradise Lost

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Countertenor Lawrence Zazzo and composer Geoff Page perform Milton's epic tragedy as a monodrama, presented entirely from the perspective of the fallen angel Lucifer, using register changes as signposts of tone, location, discomfort. Presented live at the Cockpit in one of the first live UK festivals after the first pandemic lockdown in September 2020,'What made this Tête-à-Tête Opera production so stimulating was Zazzo’s performance as Lucifer…weaving through gentle lyricism … strident anger, and spoken declamation, this was a performance which embraced an astonishing emotional gamut and did so with courage, commitment and impressive technical underpinning. Purity, power, presence: Zazzo evinced all three. What a show with which to return to the performing platform after months of lockdown and the silencing of one’s singing voice.' Opera Today 17 September 2020.

Publication metadata

Performer(s)/Choreographer(s): Milton J, Page G, Zazzo L

Publication type: Performance

Publication status: Published

Venue: Tete a Tete Opera

Location: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH

Year: 2022

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Print publication date: 12/09/2020

Acceptance date: 21/09/2020

Media of Output: Streamed Video of Live Performance


Notes: Music: Geoff Page; Words: John Milton