Peter Whelan

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Kazuki Yamada gave a viscerally thrilling account of Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony in May. Photograph: Marco Borggreve.

Professionally, opera is a big beast, an institutional behemoth that’s hard to turn around. Irish National Opera, which will turn two in January, didn(...)

Netherlands-based Cypriot composer Yannis Kyriakides describes the buffer zone as “an audio-visual work that explores boundaries of separation”.

Thursday 5th Ulster Orchestra/Killian Farrell Ulster Hall , Belfast Dublin conductor Killian Farrell, who is currently working at Germany’s Theater (...)

Artistic director of Irish Baroque Orchestra Peter Whelan: ‘I’m living in London, but it’s all about Dublin for me.’
Peter Whelan: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book  I’m a big fan of the American author David Sedaris and I’m currently reading Calypso. I adore it. Like much of his work, (...)

Peter Whelan’s rocketing bassoon playing in the Sonata sopra La Monica by Böddecker was the kind of thing once heard, never forgotten

Barry Douglas’s Camerata Ireland gave the first concert of their 2019-20 residency at the National Concert Hall on Thursday. The occasion was also the(...)

Griselda: Russell Harcourt as Roberto and Emma Morwood as Costanza in Irish National Opera’s production

GRISELDA Town Hall Theatre, Galway ★★★☆☆ The harrowing story of Griselda was alarmingly popular in 18th-century Italy, spawning more than 30 operas b(...)

English mezzo-soprano Katie Bray plays the title role in Griselda

SATURDAY 12  Griselda Town Hall Theatre, Galway, and on tour It never rains but it pours. Vivaldi has had a centuries-long wait for a performan(...)

Katie Bray is Griselda

FRIDAY 11 RTÉ NSO/Jaime Martín National Concert Hall, Dublin The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s new chief conductor, Jaime Martín, may not have (...)

Sinéad O’Leary with Nichola Sweeney’s parents, Josephine and John. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

In the moonlight Sinéad O’Leary’s footprints would linger in the sand for a moment before being washed away by the lapping sea. On a Costa Rican beach(...)

Sinéad O’Leary and Nichola Sweeney (19) who were attacked by Peter Whelan in April 2002. Photograph: Prime Time

The family of a teenager murdered in a frenzied attack in her home have expressed their dismay at discovering that her killer has been allowed out on (...)

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(...)

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