The production zips along thanks to carefully drawn characters, the conductor’s pacing and the vocal commands of the leads

The Barber of Seville National Opera House, Wexford ★★★★★ Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia) is a young person’s o(...)

Gavan Ring on The Barber of Seville: “To sing Rossini, I tell ya, you’d be sweating at the end of it”

In the taxi on the way to meet baritone Gavan Ring (28), from Kerry, I find myself telling the driver who I’m off to see. “I don’t believe you,” he s(...)

Igor Stravinsky at Dublin Airport in 1963. Photograph: Tommy Collins

‘Why the sudden attention on Stravinsky?” someone asked me at RTÉ’s Stravinsky in Focus event at the National Concert Hall last weekend. Because he’s(...)

The new Ortús Festival is the brainchild of two young musicians, violinist Mairéad Hickey and cellist Sinéad O’Halloran

There was bad news last month for two long-standing music series, Music in Kilkenny and Music for Wexford, and the opera-focused Lismore Music Festiv(...)

The An Bord Pleanála debate over the ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, continued on Friday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ESB headquarters in Georgian Dublin is “categorically” not on the city council’s inventory of late 20th-century buildings considered for preservat(...)

The orchestra under David Brophy sprawls through the stalls. The cast roam through stalls, circles, boxes and pit as well as stage

The Rise and Fall of the City of MahagonnyOlympia Theatre, Dublin***Mahagonny, the city of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s imagination, is a city in t(...)

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

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(...)

A friend of Eileen Colgan’s reached for Maisie Madigan in Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock (...)

Bruno Caproni is most effective in Macbeth’s dying moments
Review: Verdi’s Macbeth

Verdi’s Macbeth Grand Opera House, Belfast *** NI Opera’s Macbeth , sung in English, opens with a distinctive front-cloth featuring a bloo(...)

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(...)