Opera Shorts (3 stars)

This article is from 2008

Intimate new work in bite-sized chunks

In its inaugural run of performances, this new opera company provides a showcase of some of Edinburgh’s freshest talent with a set of four 15-minute long operas. The intimacy of such a small theatre helps captivate the audience, and the paucity of props is no hindrance in communicating the storylines.

Each opera comprises distinct and innovative musical and dramatic ideas, the most poignant being Louise Rooney’s Fragments, a tale of two estranged lovers who are later reconnected. They are all based on newly written libretti, apart from Stephen Flanagan’s The Call of Cthulhu which stems from a story by HP Lovecraft. This is the most complex work, although perhaps a little too elaborate to squeeze into such a short space of time.

The four-person cast provide excellent singing, however soprano Rebecca Johnstone is a cut above the rest, with superb vocal control and immaculate poise.

C Central, 084 260 1234, until 16 Aug, £8.50-£10.50 (£6.50-£9.50)

Opera Shorts

  • 3 stars

Four 15 minute operas. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.