Lotte Lenya: nothing else can quite hit the same spot of her voice, and, although you know this, you keep on wanting other performers to generate the same frisson. Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

The music of Kurt Weill was something I knew before I knew that I knew it. Who hasn’t heard Mack the Knife? The song may be from an opera, but it has (...)

Ann Pickford and her daughter, Audrey Considine, are rescued from their flooded home on Athlunkard Street in February. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22
And all thy charms withdrawn

While national media quite rightly focused on last winter’s flood devastation in Limerick’s St Mary’s Park district, no less damage and trauma (...)

Slightly more than a tenth of workers in western Germany earn less than €8.50  an hour, compared with a quarter of workers in eastern Germany, according to data from the IWH institute. Photograph: Reuters

Germany’s cabinet has agreed to a national minimum wage of €8.50 per hour - a flagship project for the Social Democrats (SPD) who share power w(...)

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(...)

Hundreds of flight passengers wait past closed security gates during a strike in Frankfurt airport yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ralph Orlowski

Almost 40,000 passengers were left stranded yesterday at Frankfurt airport, one of Europe’s busiest hubs, when security staff walked (...)

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(...)

Claudio Abbado, who has died aged 80, was one of the leading contemporary classical conductors, whose refined interpretations of a large symphonic and(...)

Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa was a YouTube star before she was picked up by Decca. Some 40 million online views were bound to commend her to(...)

Jonas Kaufmann: The Verdi Album
  • Music
  • January 3, 2014, 00:00

There were a few interesting releases in 2013 to celebrate the Verdi bicentenary, and this album is certainly one of them. Jonas Kaufmann is more used(...)

Hat’s entertainment: The cast of Il Cappello di Pagalia di Firenze

So I’m sitting in a Mexican cantina (an exotic version of Fibber Magees where the clientele have higher vitamin D levels) having an in-depth discussio(...)