Amy Ní Fhearraigh, Raphaela Mangan and Sarah Power, rehearsing before the launch of Irish National Opera’s new season. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new Irish opera about Rosemary Kennedy, sister of US president John F Kennedy is one of two world premieres to feature in Irish National Opera’s (IN(...)

Raphaela Mangan, Andrew Gavin and Rory Musgrave in Opera Collective Ireland’s   ‘The Return of Ulysses’, directed by Patrick Mason and conducted by Christian Curnyn. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

David Adams St Michael’s Church, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin Sunday September 2nd 8pm €12 087-9048190 David Adams is not just a staple of the annual or(...)

Emma Morwood and Andrew Gavin in The Return of Ulysses by Claudio Monteverdi. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

The Return of Ulysses  ★★★ Kilkenny Arts Festival Monteverdi, Wagner and Berg are the great opera composers most grievously under-represented on(...)

The Return of Ulysses

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was the first great opera composer. Opera Collective Ireland, whose productions give a platform to young, professional (...)

Gavan Ring: playing his native Cahersiveen

Sunday, August 5th Tara Erraught, Gavan Ring Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church, Cahersiveen; 4pm; €25; 087 2211667 Irish baritone Gavan Ring, who make(...)

New York-based Irish clarinettist Carol McGonnell played at the Airbnb International Hub on Hanover Quay

Kilkenny Arts Festival has announced full details of its 2018 programme which will run from Thursday, August 9th to Sunday, August 19th. It is the las(...)

As part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018 Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses: the first staging in Ireland of a baroque masterpiece. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

Midsummer is scheduled for late summer in Kilkenny this year. This is not a strange seasonal blip: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the city’s Castle Yard(...)

‘Beloved on the Earth’ by composer Linda Buckley, above, is an evocative, subtly coloured piece that is consistently engaging

Charles Hazlewood’s words, at the National Concert Hall last Tuesday lunchtime, echoed down the week. Introducing the first of his four Great Symph(...)

Der Vampyr’s idea of flowing off the stage into the auditorium was carried out with an aplomb that Mahagonny got nowhere near. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

June was an interesting month for opera. Two works that were once the preserve of the Wexford Festival came to Dublin and Cork. Weill’s Rise an(...)