Five operas all by Northern Irish Composers, total running time 75 minutes. That’s how NI Opera launched its second season at Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre (or MAC), itself a brand- new addition to the city’s flourishing cultural infrastructure….

…The evening’s highlight was undoubtedly Brian Irvine’s May Contain Flash Photograph. Funny fast moving and temmingly inventive it fired piercing arrows at the get rich quick lottery culture, while finding time for an old man (Alex Connolly) to soloquize movingly on the enduring vanity of human wishes.