Kate Ellis: Sraith is a lonely and absorbing meditation for cello and electronics where  Ellis  in effect duets with herself, partnered by the notes she has already played and which then are manipulated by a sound engineer

“Just beyond the confines of Western tuning” is how composer Barry O’Halpin (b. 1987) neatly describes one aspect of his piece grave goods for solo el(...)

Cellist Natalie Clein. Photograph: Neda Navaee

SATURDAY 24  AIDA Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin 7.30pm €15, €36, €51, €66, €86 bordgaisenergytheatre.ie; also Tues, Thurs, Sat, Dec 1st Iri(...)

Cillian Murphy in ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers’

Shortly after Grief Is the Thing With Feathers premiered, a crow moved in across the way from Jamie Vartan’s London house. “We could see him drinking (...)

 Eleanor Methven, who won  the special tribute award for 2017, and Emma Jordan, winner of best director, at The Irish Times  theatre awards on  February 25th at the National Concert Hall. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

John Logan’s 2009 play Red starts with a simple question to which there is no obvious answer: “What do you see?” The speaker is Mark Rothko, the famo(...)

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Award were announced at a Gala Ceremony  in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The big winner at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, presented in association with TileStyle and held on Sunday night at the National Concert (...)

Powder Her Face, National Opera House, Wexford

Saturday, February 24th   Powder Her Face National Opera House, Wexford, 8pm €30/€27, 053-9122144/1850-467372 and on tour to Kilkenny, Navan, (...)

A performance of Thomas Adès’s ‘Powder Her Face’

There is history in the Irish National Opera’s name, and that history tells a lot about the troubled history of opera in Ireland.  The first Iri(...)

Director John Harris: lumbered with new commitments?

There’s a great, thought-provoking line by GK Chesterton in which he claims that “if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly”. I first came ac(...)

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(...)

Maria McGrann, soprano, with pianist Aoife O’Sullivan, at the Opera Marathon in City Hall Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“If opera was a cake, for the middle there’d be some jam or something so there was always a part on the inside that gets you.” Children giving their v(...)

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