Agrippina: director Oliver Mears plays it as a contemporary soap opera

Agrippina Lime Tree, Limerick *****   Agrippina is widely regarded as Handel’s first great opera. He wrote it to a libretto b(...)

John Buckley is one of the most fastidious craftsmen, and the orchestra gives him the greatest palette

The featured composer for the last of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Horizons concerts (NCH, February 3rd) was John Buckley who compiled a c(...)

Aoife Miskelly and Ben McAteer
Review: The Magic Flute
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  • September 8, 2014, 12:00

The Magic FluteMarket Place Theatre, Armagh*****“As a producer and director of opera, the only deadly sin for me is being boring.” NI Opera’s Oliver (...)

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(...)

Anthony Flaum as Nemorino and Anna Patalong as Adina
L’Elisir d’amore

L’Elisir d’amoreTheatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim****Donizetti’s 1832 L’Elisir d’amore is a heady mix of humour, tenderness and increasing (...)

The Vanbrugh Quartet

The west Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry went out in a blitz of energy on Saturday, with the combined RTÉ Vanbrugh and Jupiter String Quartets i(...)