‘The super-short concert is a very interesting concept. The one at Happy Day Enniskillen International Beckett Festival by French soprano Léa Trommenschlager (above) with pianist Julius Drake, was a model of its kind’

The winner of the inaugural ESB Feis Ceoil Orchestral Conducting Competition in April was Elaine Kelly from Cork. It’s good to see the Feis taking (...)

John Wilson makes his debut as principal conductor of the RTÉ CO in a Hollywood Rhapsody programme on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

It was so quick and quiet that you might not have noticed it, but there’s been a major departure from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Two days be(...)

Maybe it should come as no surprise that ‘AntiMidas’, or ‘Bankers in Hades’, is not actually by an Irish composer, but by a Greek, Evangelia Rigaki

The timing could hardly have been better for an opera about bankers. AntiMidas, or Bankers in Hades, premiered in the week when Ireland was getting re(...)

Claudia Seaver from Alaska chats with Karen Greene dressed as ‘The Earl of Bellamont’ from a painting by Joshua Reynolds  as ‘Paintings Come to Life’ in advance of Culture Night tonight at the National Gallery of Ireland. The Gallery will be one of many cultural institutions which will provide free access and remain open till 9:30pm  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Culture Night moves to another plane tonight with 1,300 events across 34 regions of the country, making it the biggest to date by far. It will also be(...)

How do you assess the success of a musical career? By the fees commanded? The number of engagements? The prestige of the venues?

It’s an oft-heard contention: given the small size of the country, we punch above our weight when it comes to producing musicians. People usually poin(...)

Sergei Nakariakov: ‘In nearly 50 years of concert-going I have never encountered trumpet playing like this’

The four concerts I attended this week set me thinking about music’s moral and emotional power. In Plato’s ideal republic, music would be stric(...)

If Stephen Gardner were a pundit, he’d be a Vincent Browne or an Eoghan Harris –direct, provocative, in your face, not afraid of (...)