Vicente del Bosque  celebrates as he lifts the World Cup with his team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11th, 2010. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Vicente del Bosque is inscrutable. It’s difficult to know what goes on behind that flowerbox moustache he sports. He never betrays emotion during a ga(...)

When Patricia Bardon sings Carmen at the National Concert Hall this Saturday, it will be her Dublin debut in a part she has performed as far away as Los Angeles. And that’s just one of the roles in a vast repertoire of which an English opera critic wrote: “I have never seen her give anything less than a world-class performance.”

As a young singer growing up in Dublin, Patricia Bardon used to dream of becoming another Aretha Franklin, or even a Tina Turner. Tragically, it was n(...)

Merrill Garbus has a request before the interview begins. “I’ve been speaking very slowly all morning so I can be heard and understood clearly, so is (...)

Placido Domingo: Verdi
  • Music
  • February 14, 2014, 00:00

Placido Domingo can only be described as a musical phenomenon. Now in his 70s, after a half-century career in which he has probably sung more t(...)

José Carreras performs in Leipzig, Germany. Photograph: Marco Prosch/Getty Images

Barcelona made him. José Carreras took his first operatic steps in the city by the Mediterranean. His early performances, as a boy with a gifted voice(...)