Nino Rota

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You may have pegged The Divine Comedy as “chamber pop”, but Neil Hannon’s 12th album laughs in the face of categorisation. In the Northern Irish songw(...)

 Giulietta Masina in Federico Fellini’s La Strada (1954)

La Strada begins with a death and ends with weeping: for a film about a clown, it is awfully short on banana skins. In one of cinema’s most evocative,(...)

Fellini apartment: At 250sq m and with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a den where the maestro often worked, a large kitchen, a dining room and a large terrace, this is a very desirable piece of real estate.

Did you ever fancy buying a real, live slice of La Dolce Vita? Well, now is your chance because the penthouse apartment that was once home to film di(...)

Hat’s entertainment: The cast of Il Cappello di Pagalia di Firenze

So I’m sitting in a Mexican cantina (an exotic version of Fibber Magees where the clientele have higher vitamin D levels) having an in-depth discussio(...)

Eoin Butler at opening night of Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Patrick Browne

At the mouth of the river Slaney, about a third of a tonne of fireworks has just exploded in the night sky, marking the official opening of the 62nd W(...)

The trouble with this production is that the 1950s updating is even twitchier than the music. Photograph: Clive Barda

Il cappello di paglia di Firenze Wexford Festival Opera***Nino Rota (1911-1979) was a hugely successful composer of film scores. He worked with the li(...)

Rachmaninov’s Vigil suited the resonant acoustic of City Hall’s rotunda

Oskar von Riesemann published his biography of Rachmaninov based on interviews with the composer in 1934. The composer’s favourite was the cantata The(...)