Paul Hillier has done Christmas collections with a number of the choirs he’s worked with, and his new disc with Chamber Choir Ireland joins a serie(...)

‘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. (...)

On Sunday afternoon Beatrice Berrut calmly revelled in multiple layers of genius and beauty

If you’re a festival director performing in your own festival, you’re like a player-manager in football: the sole aim of your team selection has to(...)

Opening show: Hugh Tinney and Catherine Leonard, who played at, and are joint artistic directors of, Westport Festival of Chamber Music

It’s not just when times are good that good things happen. Dublin Grand Opera Society, which dominated operatic life in Dublin for nearly seven decade(...)

In ‘The Invader’, the musical style might best be described as eclectic minimalist. Echoes of Philip Glass abound, but the musical material is much more varied

Ten years ago I interviewed Pierre Boulez in connection with the 2004 RTÉ Living Music Festival. I had to ask him about opera, given his famous 196(...)

Håkan Hardenberger: makes the trumpet sound conversational rather than rawly, militarily assertive

The churning in Ireland’s orchestras continues. The Ulster Orchestra has once again parted company early with a chief executive. Just over a ye(...)

‘Engaging and sometimes crusty’: Harrison Birtwistle, who gave a public interview at the New Music Dublin festival. Photograph: Getty

In the world of classical music, contemporary music has a bad name. The undesirable reputation attaches itself to new music, too, just as it did in(...)

Best Actress: Lia Williams as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, directed by Ethan McSweeny for the Gate Theatre.
Irish Times Theatre Awards

Judges’ Special Award:Anu Productions: To mark their work commemorating the Dublin Lockout, using the city of Dublin as their set, and their reconf(...)

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(...)

Christopher Cull, Stephen Richardson, Peter Tansits in The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being EarnestMillennium Forum, Derry*****There is plenty of black and white in the new NI Opera and Wide Open Opera production of Ge(...)