Thomas Ades

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Ronan Leahy and Naomi Louisa O’Connell in Irish National Opera’s Least Like The Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy in association with Galway International Arts Festival in the Black Box Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

March is probably not anyone’s favourite month at Irish National Opera. Two years ago the Arctic weather caused by the Beast from the East disrupted t(...)

The Ficino Quartet has put together one of the most intriguing programmes of the National Concert Hall’s Sunday afternoon string quartet concerts

Sunday 8 Elizabeth Hilliard, Lina Andonovska Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin The Hugh Lane Gallery’s free Sundays at Noon concert has a contemporary cast(...)

The Ophelia Quartet play the National Concert Hall on September 15th.

Sunday, September 15th Sunday String Quartet Series NCH Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin Most of the strands in the National Concert Hall’s new seas(...)

Manfred Hemm (Ramfis), and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Radamès) in Irish National Opera ‘Aida’. Photographer Pat Redmond

Aida ★★★★ Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin Irish National Opera (INO) is concluding its first year in operation with performances of Verdi’s Aida. (...)

Cellist Natalie Clein. Photograph: Neda Navaee

SATURDAY 24  AIDA Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin 7.30pm €15, €36, €51, €66, €86 bordgaisenergytheatre.ie; also Tues, Thurs, Sat, Dec 1st Iri(...)

Hugh Tinney

Sae Yoon Chon National Opera House, Wexford Saturday October 27th11am €25/€30 wexfordopera.com South Korea’s Sae Yoon Chon took the top prize at the(...)

Alan Rusbridger: in Galway on Sunday for an encounter with the Irish pianist Finghin Collins

Sunday, April 29th Play It Again Town Hall Theatre, Galway; 8pm; €18, €20/€6; 091-705962, tht.ie Five years ago, when he was editor of the Guardian, (...)

Margaret, Duchess of Argyll had an extraordinary public notoriety that persists  25 years after her death at 80 in 1993.

The orchestra in Thomas Adès’s first opera, Powder Her Face, is often like a kind of Greek chorus. It comments on the action in ways that range from c(...)

Powder Her Face, National Opera House, Wexford

Saturday, February 24th   Powder Her Face National Opera House, Wexford, 8pm €30/€27, 053-9122144/1850-467372 and on tour to Kilkenny, Navan, (...)

A performance of Thomas Adès’s ‘Powder Her Face’

There is history in the Irish National Opera’s name, and that history tells a lot about the troubled history of opera in Ireland.  The first Iri(...)

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