German organist Ansgar Wallenhorst is such a fan that he included no less than three improvisations in his recital at St Michael’s Church, Dún Laoghaire, on Sunday

Everyone improvises. It’s what we do when we speak spontaneously, or hold a conversation, or answer a question, save for politicians, who like to trot(...)

Norman Garrett and Felix Kemp in Koanga. Photograph: Clive Barda

Koanga is Frederick Delius’s most provocative opera, and one of his most beautiful. This drama of interracial love, Louisiana voodoo and a slave wh(...)

‘Juan Diego Flórez’s voice has a pleasing immediacy. His tone is forward and highly focused. The delivery is stylish and musically true’

In late October it takes something big to draw the attention of opera lovers away from the activities of the Wexford Festival. But it does happen. (...)