Maria Callas

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Irish soprano Anna Devin

ANNA DEVIN, IRISH SOPRANO First intense musical memory? Seeing Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in the Gaiety. Regina Nathan was singing Susanna and (...)

 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(...)

Sunset, Jemma El Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco

“I believe that Marrakesh ought to be earned as a destination. The journey is the preparation for the experience. Reaching it too fast derides it, mak(...)

Deborah Kelleher of the Royal Irish Academy of Music: ‘The solo piano was receding. I was nervous as a solo pianist. There wasn’t enough in it for me to want to continue.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In May 2010, the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) lost its director, John O’Conor, in less than happy circumstances. Those circumstances did not be(...)

Deserving of a standing ovation? The cast of Hamilton – Michael Jibson, Terera Giles, Rachel John, Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September – attend the Olivier Awards nominations celebration in London earlier this month. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Sitting in the waiting room of a magistrates court among a group of anxious defendants a few weeks ago, I was surprised to find on a plastic bench an (...)

Hubert De Givenchy with Audrey Hepburn in the mid-1980s:  Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Audrey Hepburn glides through the credits of the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s in a black dress that is in no way little. It’s a long, narrow sheat(...)

Celine Byrne.

Maria Callas probably put it best: “You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a firework. The(...)

 Risurrezione at Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Clive Barda

Medea ** Some things are more meaningfully understood for what they are not rather than what they are. Brexit is about a Britain that’s not in the E(...)

Orla Boylan  stars as Eithne, daughter of the King of Tír na nÓg at the NCH.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Friday, October 13th Classical RTÉ NSO/Jamie Martin National Concert Hall, Dublin, 7.30pm, €15-€35/€13-€31 nch.ie Jaime Martin’s concert with the R(...)

Aideen Barry’s ‘Press Image’

SUNDAY ART Water Colour Society of Ireland watercoloursocietyofireland.com. The Concourse, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Until October (...)

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