Peter Whelan

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The Magic Flute: Nick Pritchard as Tamino and Anna Devin as Pamina in Irish National Opera’s new production. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Magic Flute National Opera House, Wexford ★★★★☆ With the lights dimmed but the curtain yet to rise on the opening night of Irish National Opera’s(...)

The Magic Flute is at the National Opera House in Wexford on Friday

Wednesday 15 Camerata Ireland/Barry Douglas NCH, Dublin 8pm €35/€30/€25/€19.50 nch.ie This National Concert Hall appearance by Camerata Ireland is v(...)

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(...)

Soprano Anna Devin in commanding form as titular character in Handel’s Esther

Tchaikovsky left seven symphonies. But he didn’t actually compose the Seventh Symphony that the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) played under Tho(...)

Pinchas Zukerman, who made his New York debut as a violinist at the age of 15 in 1963

Saturday, March 30th ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA/PINCHAS ZUKERMAN NCH, Dublin 8pm €40-€80 nch.ie For the second time in eight days the National Co(...)

SUNDAY 3 Before Bach & After III St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street 3.30pm €20/€15 chamberchoirireland.com Chamber Choir Ireland’s current concert se(...)

RIAM season: the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho

Waking the Feminists has inspired moves within the musical world to improve the lot for female composers. The Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, d(...)

Only a really curmudgeonly purist would allow objections to the prominence of dance spoil their enjoyment. Photograph: Irish National Opera

Orfeo ed Euridice ★★★★ Galway International Arts Festival What do you risk by asking a choreographer to direct an opera? If the choreographer import(...)

Mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty stars in Orfeo at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway

Orfeo Galway International Arts Festival Monday 23rd, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th 8pm €40/€30 giaf.ie It’s an al(...)

Director Emma Martin and conductor Peter Whelan during rehearsals for Irish National Opera’s production of 'Orfeo ed Euridice' at Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Jeda de Brí

Emma Martin is about as disarming a person as you could hope to meet. She’s a dancer and choreographer who’s making her first foray into directing ope(...)

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