Conductor Sakari Oramo: ‘We [Finns] hate people who can’t understand Sibelius’s music, like most of the German people. We think Sibelius is better than Richard Strauss and Wagner put together’

Where would you expect to find the world’s biggest Sibelius and Nielsen festival, marking the 150th anniversaries of the composers’ births, which b(...)

Celine Byrne (centre) ‘is not what you would call a sympathetic Butterfly’

**   Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of those operas the public can’t seem to get enough of. The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has been o(...)

As a performer Brahms switched loyalty from Viennese pianos (though he played a Streicher at home) to the technically more advanced and stronger so(...)

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sang with a kind of effortless aplomb, as if singing of beauty and precision were something that could just be made to happen

The New York Philharmonic’s appearance at the National Concert Hall on Thursday was anything but orthodox for a visiting orchestra. There was no bi(...)

Dubliner William Hamilton Bird was known to the Bengal Calendar and Register of 1790 as a “conductor of public amusements”.  He seems(...)

Opera of a different kind featured on Dublin’s streets over the weekend in Things We Throw Away (above). A public street with pedestrians passing around and sometimes through the performing space is not exactly an easy spot for pop-up opera. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember blackouts from the bad old days of ESB strikes. Different areas of the land would take it in turn to hau(...)

“Few things are simpler or more musically satisfying,” says Israeli pianist Benjamin Hochman, “than varying a melody by adding an expressive o(...)

Mezzo soprano Sharon Carty: firm in tone, expressively to the point, and with an almost instrumental sureness of delivery

The musical year has its ups and downs in terms of how busy things are. January is quiet, February busy, March calmer. Festivals peak over the summ(...)

French sisters Sarah and Deborah Nemtanu are leaders of the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, respectively. A(...)

‘Left Behind’ is a set of songs marking the Rising through poems by Simon O’Connor (above), which imagine 1916 and its fallout through the experiences of the wives of the rebel leaders. Photograph: Eric Luke

The landmark musical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising was a specially commissioned cantata. Brian Boydell’s A Terrible Beau(...)