Wide Open Opera has brought the work to Dublin. Australian baritone Barry Ryan (above) is a thoughtful Nixon 2:00

Who would have predicted that minimalism and opera would combine in a popular partnership? Back in the 1960s, the idea of operas from the likes of Phi(...)

The first opera production of the year was – where else? – in Cork last weekend, when the CIT Cork School of Music presented Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (above)

There’s something about opera and Cork. It’s not just that the city has a theatre called the Cork Opera House: it’s that Cork just won’t lie down w(...)

Rachmaninov: After his death in 1943, it was mainly his piano music that kept his name in concert repertoires, but even then critical opinion was polarised

It can be fascinating to trace the changing reputations of composers and their music. Take the case of Louis Spohr. Sixteen years before his death in (...)

Monica Huggett drives into music ‘with a sense of edginess, of danger’

It was in the early 18th century that people seem to have first become concerned about early music. An Academy of Vocal Music was set up in Lon(...)