Wide Open Opera has brought the work to Dublin. Australian baritone Barry Ryan (above) is a thoughtful Nixon 2:00

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(...)

Pantha du Prince: perfect chiming

Pantha du Prince and the Bell Laboratory NCH, Dublin **** Fusing electr(...)

Maybe it should come as no surprise that ‘AntiMidas’, or ‘Bankers in Hades’, is not actually by an Irish composer, but by a Greek, Evangelia Rigaki

The timing could hardly have been better for an opera about bankers. AntiMidas, or Bankers in Hades, premiered in the week when Ireland was getting re(...)

Mirrors of Earth, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain’s video commissioned by Dublin Sound Lab for composer Kaija Saariaho’s ballet MAA

Do you think that people who apply for jobs should themselves be allowed on the interview panels? Once they excuse themselves at the key moment, of co(...)

From dive-bombing bats in Cork to blood-sucking mosquitoes in Colombia, the Dublin Guitar Quartet takes it all in its stride. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The ups and downs of the music business are all in a day’s work for the Dublin Guitar Quartet. We’re not just talking scales and arpeggios here; the e(...)

 Know your art from your elbow: graffiti by Sums at this year’s Bridge Jam street-art festival in Drogheda, Co Louth

You can coast through school on a diet of whatever you’re told and what your friends like, but college is different. Now you have to be a cultural (...)

Kuniko: Cantus

Japanese percussionist Kuniko is on a minimalist mission. She’s already recorded three of Steve Reich’s Counterpoint series, and here adds the four(...)

Piano technician Martin Walsh is fully on the side of Hamburg Steinways over the New York-made version

The website and printed material for the new Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy are emblazoned with a night-time image of the Co(...)

Composer Gerald Barry: not afraid to break his own rules. Photograph: Alan Betson

Composers are cheats. They have to be. It’s what they do. They inherit rules and practices, learn how things should work and how to make them work tha(...)

Rachmaninov’s Vigil suited the resonant acoustic of City Hall’s rotunda

Oskar von Riesemann published his biography of Rachmaninov based on interviews with the composer in 1934. The composer’s favourite was the cantata The(...)