Spanish tenor Placido Domingo performs during a concert in  Hungary. Photograph: Getty Images

Opera singer Placido Domingo on Tuesday dropped out of a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York while disputing accusations of sexual misco(...)

Luciano Pavarotti with Princess Diana

Eight Days a Week, Ron Howard’s recent documentary on the Beatles, somehow found an under-explored angle on that much eulogised band: their power as l(...)

Ron Howard: I am always looking for those stories and to share what I have learned. Photograph: The New York Times

Ron Howard has won two Academy Awards. He has directed smash hits such as Cocoon and The Da Vinci Code. Many years ago, he starred as Richie Cunningha(...)

Ryan Tubridy: at his best he is entertaining on-air company

As every broadcaster knows, things can be a bit flat during the summer season, so kudos to Ryan Tubridy for starting his week on a high note and susta(...)

 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

Soprano Anne Devin performs strongly on the latest CD from the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

It is extraordinary how laggardly the development of classical music has been in Ireland since the foundation of the state. There was no full-time sym(...)

Mick Jagger during the Rolling Stones gig at Croke Park: Musicians can’t always get what they want when it comes to political use of their songs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As inevitable as chorus follows bridge follows verse, politicians and political campaigners in need of a soundtrack will attract the ire of the musici(...)

Late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan’s mother, Eileen and daughters, Molly and Dakota follow behind as her coffin  is carried at her  funeral  at the Church of St Ailbe, Ballybricken, Limerick. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

In the week since her death, the people of Limerick got plenty of time to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Dolores O’Riordan, their interna(...)

Michael Londra: ‘Growing up, the opera festival was a huge influence.’

Wexford tenor Michael Londra has made a name for himself in the United States since moving there to perform with Riverdance, garnering two Emmy-nomin(...)

K is for Keogh, Davy: the Irish super fan has been saying hello at games for 30 years now. His flag will be a certain fixture at Euro 2016.

A is for Albania and Austria: two of an unprecedented 24 countries taking part in this year’s tournament. When Ireland first qualified for the final(...)

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