Sharon Carty

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Only a really curmudgeonly purist would allow objections to the prominence of dance spoil their enjoyment. Photograph: Irish National Opera

Orfeo ed Euridice ★★★★ Galway International Arts Festival What do you risk by asking a choreographer to direct an opera? If the choreographer import(...)

Mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty stars in Orfeo at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway

Orfeo Galway International Arts Festival Monday 23rd, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th 8pm €40/€30 giaf.ie It’s an al(...)

Director Emma Martin and conductor Peter Whelan during rehearsals for Irish National Opera’s production of 'Orfeo ed Euridice' at Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Jeda de Brí

Emma Martin is about as disarming a person as you could hope to meet. She’s a dancer and choreographer who’s making her first foray into directing ope(...)

Irish-American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato: described in the Guardian as “the most critically acclaimed and popular mezzo soprano of our day”

Have you been following Joyce Flaherty lately? I have. The New York Times carried an interview with her earlier this month, under the title “Opera’s M(...)

Gavan Ring, Jennifer Davis, Fergus Sheil, performing with the RTÉNSO.  Photograph: Ste Murray

The new Irish National Opera company presented itself to the world last week. In its first year the company will present seven productions with a tota(...)

Claudia Boyle will be one of 12 leading Irish singers taking part in the Big Bang! at the NCH on Tuesday. Photograph: Kip Carroll

  Chamber Music Gathering NCH Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin, Saturday January 6th, 11am; NCH Studio, Saturday January 6th, 1pm; Newman Univer(...)

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performs at the NCH, Dublin, on Tuesday

Sunday, December 3 RTÉ Contempo Quartet Chapter House, St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny 4pm €15 orchestras.rte.ie i, and on tour to Limerick, Dublin and(...)

Aaron Monaghan in The Second Violinist. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

The Second Violinist ★★★★ Black Box Theatre, Galway  Early in composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer Enda Walsh’s second collaboration on an opera(...)

Donnacha Dennehy’s The Second Violinist, his second opera with writer and director Enda Walsh, premieres at the Galway Arts Festival

SATURDAY 22 CLASSICAL Dublin International Piano Festival Various venues, Dublin, until Sunday 30th pianofestival.ie The Dublin International Pian(...)

Conall Morrison’s new work is Woyzeck in Winter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Galway International Arts Festival has announced its full programme for 2017, which also marks the festival’s 40th birthday. Already announced is(...)

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