Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings is a musical work of theatre, with music by composer Eric Whitacre, lyrics by Whitacre and David Noroña, and book by poet Edward Esch, set in two acts. The innovative music combines styles of opera, musical theater, cinematic music, as well as electronic music techniques of trance music, ambient music, and techno to portray the story of an abandoned tribe of angels in search of their wings. Although it has various non-classical influences, it is meant to be performed by singers with operatic or musical theater backgrounds. The opera has many Asian influences. The prologue and all past sequences (Exstasis’s dreams and vision) are told through anime. These sequences are projected onto the set. Other Asian influences include live taiko drumming, martial arts, and a Kuroko-style ensemble.
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