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. (...)

 Filippo Fontana in Don Bucefalo. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

Wexford Festival Opera Don Bucefalo  *** Antonio Cagnoni’s Don Bucefalo, is not new to Ireland. Alfred Loewenberg’s Annals of Opera li(...)

Silent Night: the quick scene changes of the prologue, which were handled by the rotation of a turntable in Cincinnati, will be solved at Wexford with lighting

France’s most notoriously eccentric composer, Erik Satie, once offered a tongue-in-cheek timetable of “The Musician’s Day”. It begins: “Get up: 7.1(...)

Dortmund’s charismatic manager Juergen Klopp with his players in front of the Südtribune prior to their Champions League clash with Arsenal.

Once you’ve been to a certain number of football stadiums they begin to blur into each other, but something about the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund bre(...)

Maria Callas ‘led a life that fostered sensationalist coverage’. Photograph: Ben Martin/The Life Images Collection/Getty Images

There’s definitely something about Maria. But that shouldn’t be a mystery. She was one of the greatest singers of her time, and led a life that fos(...)

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 (...)