A feature-length “music film” adapted from Glyndebourne Opera’s original stage production. Centred around the arrival of a mysterious new student named Zoe at a sixth-form college on the first day of term, the drama embraces eco-activism, first love, teacher/student affairs, and genetic research.
Channel 4 deserves some praise for having broadcast this first class modern opera… Exposure to brilliantly performed, high quality television like this on terrestrial stations is essential if the British public is to be convinced that music drama can offer more than the banality of Lloyd Webber.
Fun, enthralling and tearjerking for all ages
Channel 4 does youth opera proud… Above all, there’s no patronising, no dumbing-down, just enormous vitality.