The Tales of Hoffmann: Andrew Synott’s musical direction maintains the energy and shifting moods throughout Irish National Opera’s production

THE TALES OF HOFFMANN O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin ★ ★ ★ ★ The three tales in Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann are set up in act I, the prologue(...)

A  basking shark breaching off Baltimore, Co Cork. Photograph:  Youen Jacob/Provision

Nic Slocum stands at the helm of The Voyager, lifts a pair of binoculars to his eyes and scans the sea. He’s looking for whales. If Moby Dick is your (...)

Agrippina: director Oliver Mears plays it as a contemporary soap opera

Agrippina Lime Tree, Limerick *****   Agrippina is widely regarded as Handel’s first great opera. He wrote it to a libretto b(...)