Puddle Wonderful (2009) – short opera

Puddle Wonderful is a short opera commissioned by Spark Opera Company with libretto written by James Johnson. Its first performance was on 12th, 13th and 14th of November 2009 in Stranmillis Drama Theatre with singers Becca Hopkins (soprano), Aine Darnbrook (mezzo) and Laura O’Neill (alto) and conductor Mark McGrath.

‘All aspects of this opera, from the setting – in an alleyway beside some bins – to the cold lighting, to Matthew Whiteside’s discordant score, were powerfully bleak and amplified the already troubling tale.’ – Dave Kinghan, Fortnight, March 2010