Donnacha Dennehy: his approach to words and voices is reverential

Sometimes you really don’t end up where you thought you would. Last week the National Concert Hall presented Imagining Home, a series of concerts as (...)

Clockwise from left: Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Teeter, Ashlei Sharpe-Chestnut, Erin Wilhelmi and Saoirse Ronan (foreground) in The Crucible at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York/ Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Walter Kerr Theatre, New York **** Broadway took Ivo van Hove into its glittering heart for his production of A View From The Bridge, so returning (...)

Top, Donnacha Dennehy and Colm Tóibín. Bottom, Joseph Conrad and Roger Casement. Photographs: Britt Olsen-Ecker, Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images, George C Beresford/Getty Images

All this week, the National Concert Hall’s Imagining Home series of concerts is inviting artists to examine Irish identity, history and the legacy of(...)

Author Roddy Doyle. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall

Had you asked Roddy Doyle 10 years ago how many operas he had been to, he says, he would have been able to tell you easily: “It was one.” Pose the s(...)

Musician Conor Walsh. Photograph: Conor Walsh Facebook

Tributes have been paid following the sudden death of the Mayo musician and composer Conor Walsh. Although he had yet to launch his debut album, Wa(...)

David Bowie  died on Januray 10th surrounded by family according to his social media accounts.  Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Midway through a stellar six decade career, David Bowie was able to say “I have done just about everything that it’s possible to do”. He wasn’t just t(...)

HJ Lim: gives the impression that, musically speaking, punctuation and cadence are of little concern to her

Korean pianist HJ Lim created quite a stir three years ago. She arrived on the recording scene in spectacular style in her mid-20s. EMI Classics to(...)

Claudia Boyle  who stars in The Last Hotel by Donnacha Dennehy

Opera plots tend to revolve around love and sex, power and death. The story of Donnacha Dennehy’s new opera, The Last Hotel, ticks at least one of (...)

Every boy dreams of running away and joining the crew of a pirate ship. In 1987 the Irishman Steve Conway took a figary and joined the crew of Ross Re(...)

John O’Conor’s playing had something of the air of a grand master about it, the big picture always well-understood

On Monday, Google’s homepage ran a picture to celebrate the 360th birthday of Bartolomeo Cristofori, inventor of the piano and keeper of instrument(...)