Quirijin de Lang and Jamie Rock. Photograph: Sean O’Riordan

Silent Night Wexford Festival Opera ***   Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera received its European premiere at the Wex(...)

‘Juan Diego Flórez’s voice has a pleasing immediacy. His tone is forward and highly focused. The delivery is stylish and musically true’

In late October it takes something big to draw the attention of opera lovers away from the activities of the Wexford Festival. But it does happen. (...)

 Filippo Fontana in Don Bucefalo. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

Wexford Festival Opera Don Bucefalo  *** Antonio Cagnoni’s Don Bucefalo, is not new to Ireland. Alfred Loewenberg’s Annals of Opera li(...)

Na’ama Goldman and Igor Golovatenko. Photograph: Eric Luke

Salomé *** Antoine Mariotte was not the first composer, and won’t be the last, to set a text without first acquiring the rights. His misfortune was ex(...)

Vivaldi’s concertos for recorders are works of rare theatricality. One of the plainest, most insignificant-looking and tiniest (in the case of the (...)

The extra funding announced for the arts in the Budget is in fact earmarked for the Easter Rising commemorations

Well, the budget’s been and gone, and all the talk is still about water charges. But the budget was good news. Wasn’t it? Between the easing of the(...)

Silent Night: the quick scene changes of the prologue, which were handled by the rotation of a turntable in Cincinnati, will be solved at Wexford with lighting

France’s most notoriously eccentric composer, Erik Satie, once offered a tongue-in-cheek timetable of “The Musician’s Day”. It begins: “Get up: 7.1(...)

James Gaffigan is a thoroughly genial guide to Dvorák’s Sixth Symphony, one of the composer’s most consistently sunny works. The American conductor fi(...)

‘What does Heather Humphreys really think about the boards of cultural institutions and the arts in general? I have no idea.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

There’s no such thing as bad publicity, they say. Leopold Stokowski, one of the great individualists among conductors, put it another way: never mi(...)

Robin Ticciati’s approach to Schumann’s four symphonies is like that of an expert make-up artist who cherishes every last aspect of the faces he wo(...)