Javier Abreu as Lindoro and Rachel Kelly as Isabella in Rossini’s ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’. Photograph: Frances Marshall

It’s a while since I heard anyone talk about never wasting a good crisis, although the idea was frequently mentioned when Ireland was in the throes of(...)

Fiachra Garvey rehearsing at home in Ballyknockan, Co Wicklow with his sheep dog Luas. He set up the West Wicklow Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sunday, May 13 Benjamin Appl  NCH Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin 3pm 15 nch.ie On the evidence of the number of concerts he has been giving he(...)

German soprano Juliane Banse: ‘There has to be Brahms in it, or Strauss.’

It’s the sunniest day of the year, not just in Ireland, but also in the Bavarian capital, Munich. There’s even more heat from the sun in Munich than i(...)

Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

Wednesday, April 18 LSO/Simon Rattle  NCH, Dublin. 8pm €50-€110 nch.ie If you haven’t booked your ticket to hear Simon Rattle and the London S(...)

A promo picture for the Irish National Opera's production of 'Le nozze di Figaro'

Thursday, April 12th Music Current 2018 Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, smockalley.com; until Saturday Music Current, Dublin Sound Lab’s annual festival(...)

Sean Millar’s highly-anticipated performance at the Outhouse Basement Theatre, Capel Street, Dublin runs from December 15th-17th. Photograph: Gary Doyle

Going out... The Songs of Silver Stars, by Sean Millar Outhouse Basement Theatre, Capel Street Dublin. 8pm Dec 15-17 . Eventbrite.ie €12-€16.77 Thi(...)

Christoph Altstaedt conducts the UlsterOrchestra for the seasonal favourite Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at Ulster Hall

SUNDAY 17 Irish Opera Artists’ Christmas Gala Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin noon Adm free bit.ly/2BcSXz8 Irish Opera Artists is a new group of four s(...)

NI Opera’s staging of Puccini’s “Turandot”: set in a kind despotic oriental factory, it benefits from striking designs by Rebecca Ringst and Ingo Krügler

God knows what Gerald Barry might come up with if he were ever given a chance to design a fairground ride. There’s a fair chance he might want to desi(...)