Wexford Festival Opera: Leon Kim and Joo Won Kang in L’Oracolo. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPal

L’ORACOLO and MALA VITA ★★★☆☆ The opening double bill of the 67th Wexford Festival Opera offers classic Wexford fare. The first half of the all-veris(...)

National Concert Hall Female Conductor  Finale: 12 young conductors gather on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Sunday, June 24th Paul McNamara Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; noon; free; hughlane.ie The Limerick tenor Paul McNamara, who is based in Germany, where h(...)

Sound of Music (1965)Julie Andrews

In 1965, New York’s critics were in agreement regarding the merits of Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music. Pauline Kael described the film as “the sugar-(...)

Michael Hyland in his beloved Ballycotton. Photograph: Prof Cillian Twomey

Born in Pudsey in Yorkshire on June 17th, 1934, where his Cork-born father was a general practitioner, Michael Hyland, a pioneer of geriatric medicine(...)

2001: A Space Odyssey: ‘It took 40 years for visual effects to catch up with what they did’

Wally Pfister director, Transcendence; cinematographer, Inception 2001: A Space Odyssey affected my life in three different phases: my dad took me to(...)

Nikolay Khozyainov: 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition winner

TUESDAY 13 Nikolay Khozyainov (piano) NCH, Dublin 8pm €12-€20 nch.ie – The Dublin International Piano Competition’s promotional cycle is getting into(...)

Christoph Altstaedt conducts the UlsterOrchestra for the seasonal favourite Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at Ulster Hall

SUNDAY 17 Irish Opera Artists’ Christmas Gala Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin noon Adm free bit.ly/2BcSXz8 Irish Opera Artists is a new group of four s(...)

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov:  ‘What he does with his hands is technically incredible,’ according to one of  the world’s greatest living pianists,  Martha Argerich

There was a real sense of special occasion for last week’s NCH debut by the of the 26-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov. And why not? Trifonov (...)

JoAnn Falletta makes her Dublin debut at the National Concert Hall

Saturday. November 25 RTÉ CO/JoAnn Falletta NCH, Dublin 8pm €15-€45/€12-€40.50 nch.ie New Yorker JoAnn Falletta, who was principal conductor of the(...)

The Navarra Quartet, above, with cellist Guy Johnston performed in Westport House at last weekend’s Westport Chamber Music Festival

I’ve never been a fan of salon music, which can be thought of as a classical version of muzak that existed long before muzak itself came into existenc(...)

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