Ben Barnes

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Vagabones: the oppressive weight of power is what the opera most successfully conveys

VAGABONES Civic Theatre, Tallaght ★★★☆☆ Witches are nothing new in opera. But a witch in an opera set in Ireland by an Irish composer? That’s certain(...)

Beijing-born, 32-year-old super-pianist Yuja Wang will perform at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Wednesday 4 Yuja Wang, Staatskapelle Dresden/Myung-Whun Chung NCH, Dublin https://iti.ms/2ZsTHrC Rachmaninov’s Third is the concerto of the moment fo(...)

Celine Byrne (Madama Butterfly Cio-Cio-San) and Julian Hubbard (BF Pinkerton) in Irish National Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Bord Gåis Energy Theatre 22 - 30 March and Cork Opera House April 4th and 5th. Photograph: Pat Redmond

I need a director to hate Lieutenant Pinkerton as fiercely as I do. Because Butterfly was only fifteen. After meeting and purchasing the child throug(...)

Celine Byrne makes her Irish National Opera debut in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Saturday March 23  ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT/ANDRÁS SCHIFF NCH, Dublin 8pm €35-€70 nch.ie The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment(...)

Hue and Cry at Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

The Scourge Civic Theatre, Tallaght 8.15pm Jan 2-5; An Grianán, Letterkenny 8pm Jan 12; Theatre Royal, Waterford 8pm Jan 17; Visual Carlow, Jan 19 8p(...)

Don Wycherley, My Real Life, Viking Theatre, Clontarf, Dublin

FRNKNSTN Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage. Previews: 17th -20th August Opens: August 21st - September 18th, €25/€20 abbeytheatre.ie Two hundred years s(...)

Michael Londra: ‘Growing up, the opera festival was a huge influence.’

Wexford tenor Michael Londra has made a name for himself in the United States since moving there to perform with Riverdance, garnering two Emmy-nomin(...)

Matilda Balfe (5) from Dublin, enjoys the Winterval Festival in Waterford. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

New Year cheer Head to Dublin for New Year celebrations that last for three days and include ‘Luminosity’, a spectacular 3D light projection with opt(...)

 Ermonela Jaho: the Albanian soprano, who first appeared in Wexford in 2000, was the Readers’ Award Winner at the International Opera Awards. Photograph: Marc Ross/AFP/Getty Images

The 2016 International Opera Awards were announced in London on Sunday. Irish contenders were few in number: Wexford Festival Opera was shortlisted i(...)

Máire Flavin plays Mimi (above) in Opera Theatre Company’s La bohème.  This new production of La bohème is directed by Ben Barnes, one of the Opera Theatre Company co-founders, whose previous work with the company  includes that magnificently theatrical production of Orfeo in 2012 which balanced lyricism with menace and inspired choreography. Photograph: Opera Theatre Company

Opera Theatre Company, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, is beginning another national tour tomorrow evening. This time with a difference,(...)

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