An Amazon logo sits on a cardboard delivery box as an employee processes customer orders ahead of shipping at one of Amazon.com’s fulfillment centres in Peterborough, UK. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Amazon. com created 6,000 new full-time positions in Europe in 2014 to respond to booming demand, the US online retailer said on Tuesday. Amazon sai(...)

Europe’s most famous opera festival takes place in Verona, Italy, from June 19th to August 25th

Chipping Campden Music Festival (May 10th-23rd) Two weeks of quality choral and orchestral music in perhaps the most perfect setting in Britain, (...)

Amazon has repeatedly rejected the union’s demands, saying it regards warehouse staff as logistics workers and that they receive above-average pay by the standards of that industry

Amazon staff at German warehouses extended a strike on Wednesday in a long-running dispute over better pay and conditions, but the online retailer pro(...)

Striking workers at the Amazon logistics centre in Graben near Augsburg in Germany.

Some staff at Amazon warehouses in Germany started a new three-day strike on Monday to press their demands for better pay and conditions as the onlin(...)

Europe is awash with opera festivals. There’s the Savonlinna Festival in Finland, where a three-towered island fortress provides a stunning medieval b(...)

Irina Dubrovskaya’s intriguing rhythmic liquidity communicates a dreamlike quality - he is fully in the world, but not quite of it.
Review: La traviata

La traviataBord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin****A lot has changed for opera in Dublin since a Glyndebourne tour first visited the city when it was a Eu(...)

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(...)

Frank McGuinness in Pearse Street Library, Dublin last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

If you were to put a gun to my head and demand I tell you what I believe to be the loveliest aria in all opera, I think I would surprise you. You coul(...)

“We come from very different backgrounds”: Fergus Sheil (left) and Brian Irvine.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Fergus Sheil is a conductor who works with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and is artistic director of Wide Open Music and Opera Theatre Compan(...)

‘Juan Diego Flórez’s voice has a pleasing immediacy. His tone is forward and highly focused. The delivery is stylish and musically true’

In late October it takes something big to draw the attention of opera lovers away from the activities of the Wexford Festival. But it does happen. (...)