Celine Byrne

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Singer Celine Byrne and pianist Rosetta Cucchi at the National Opera House in Wexford

The Festival in the Air ran from October 11th-18th. The original Shakespeare-themed programme has been postponed to next year, and the Festival in the(...)

Wexford Festival Opera is going ahead this year, just not as you knew it before. The Shakespeare-themed programme announced by incoming artistic direc(...)

Daniel O’Donnell sometimes  finds today’s humour complicated and smart, but Donegal’s Conal Gallen  is clear.

Current favourite book I’m reading a book by Peter Molloy, who lives in Missouri but is from Donegal. He self-published The Branson Butcher, a crime (...)

Yasko Sato as Teodora in Il Bravo by Mercadante, at Wexford Festival Opera in 2018, can be viewed on YouTube. Photograph:  Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

Never waste a good crisis, the saying goes. And, in the self-isolating conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s a message that the world of music and(...)

Soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh

Wednesday, September 25th Cara — A Celebration NCH, Dublin   It was a story you wouldn’t dare to make up. Mozart’s Così fan tutte is a tale of i(...)

‘When God was giving out brains, you were in the queue for testicles!’

Hennessy looks at me like he’s imagining killing me with his bare hands. Which he almost certainly is. “You did what?” he goes. I’m there, “I found (...)

Amy Ní Fhearraigh, Raphaela Mangan and Sarah Power, rehearsing before the launch of Irish National Opera’s new season. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new Irish opera about Rosemary Kennedy, sister of US president John F Kennedy is one of two world premieres to feature in Irish National Opera’s (IN(...)

Los Angeles composer Steven Takasugi:  his Sideshow is, on reflection, theatrical as well as musical

Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s third opera, provides an almost textbook example of the vagaries of operatic fortune. In Dec(...)

Soprano Anna Devin will be one of the soloists to feature at the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Jörg Widmann’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise Symphony

Wednesday, April 10th  John Lynch Chamber Music Project National Concert Hall, Kevin Barry Recital Room, 7.30pm, €17.50 nch.ie The John Lynch C(...)

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(...)

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