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(...)

Mezzo soprano Sharon Carty: firm in tone, expressively to the point, and with an almost instrumental sureness of delivery

The musical year has its ups and downs in terms of how busy things are. January is quiet, February busy, March calmer. Festivals peak over the summ(...)

Sharon Carty: presented a Schubert programme with pianist Jonathan Ware on Sunday. What made the recital special was the way the partnership captured the inner aspects of the songs

‘Let’s make it as good as we can.” Those words of John Wilson, the principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in an interview with Michael D(...)

The Elixir of Love is indicative of the scale of production the OTC would liketo do more of

In the 1980s, the Arts Council decided that Ireland needed to move beyond the kind of opera tours with piano that had been offered by Irish Nationa(...)

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(...)

Benjamin Grosvenor displayed  admirable technical discipline, before  metamorphosing into the persona of an old-style relaxed sensualist and showman

Life isn’t always simple when you tell the truth. As a student, I gave a straight answer in a viva voce to a question about my favourite compos(...)