Five opera premieres described as “snapshots of lives on the edge”, were staged by Northern Ireland Opera last week in Belfast.
With music by five Northern Irish composers, including Conor Mitchell working with leading contemporary playwrights, musicians from the Ulster Orchestra and a talented cast of nine singers from across Ireland performed these compact, hard-hitting works conducted by Fergus Sheil and directed by Rachel O’Riordan.
Fionna Maddocks writes for The Observer:
“In this bouquet of new works, each opera was skilful, provoking laughter as well as sorrow and, at an average duration of 10 minutes, never a moment too long.”
All five works will be performed at Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday 13 July, 8pm as part of New Music 20×12 at Southbank Centre.