Edinburgh Studio Opera have long been exponents of an assortment of operatic repertoire, and their latest Fringe production, Fury and Flirtation, is no exception. Directed by Thomas Henderson, the company chose to explore scenes from a wide variety of sources including Bizet's Carmen, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the now infamous Jerry Springer: The Opera, by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee.
Displaying an accomplished array of local singers, this whistle-stop tour through some of opera's most heart rending and hilarious moments was expertly cast, with the spotlight shifting between singers from this myriad of young vocal talent. Moving rapidly from scene to scene, some information on each excerpt would have been welcome, as the lack of programme or translations may have left some audience members feeling a little adrift.
Star of the show was undoubtedly Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Laura Margaret Smith, whose powerful portrayal of Carmen exquisitely displayed the complex character of this bold, yet despondent heroine. Her rich, lusty tones filled the hall, as she duetted with tenor Ian McBain, who gave an ardent, vocally robust performance as Don Jose.