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Rosetta Cucchi has been announced as the new Artistic Director of the Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

David Agler’s 15-year reign as artistic director of Wexford Festival Opera comes to an end this year. His length of tenure puts him on a par with the (...)

Jessye Norman: the American soprano has died aged 74. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

Jessye Norman, the soprano who brought a sumptuous, shimmering voice to a broad range of roles at opera houses around the world, died on Monday in New(...)

Soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh

Wednesday, September 25th Cara — A Celebration NCH, Dublin   It was a story you wouldn’t dare to make up. Mozart’s Così fan tutte is a tale of i(...)

Edna O’Brien:  has just published Girl, a book she set out to write four years ago,  when she was 84. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The artistic imagination does not abide by any set rules of age, either for beginning or finishing its work. The schedule can be a mystery and creati(...)

Conor Biggs (standing) and Michel Stas’s  huge Schubert song survey, Schubertreise will open the 54-concert series

Everyone loves them, those compositions where different composers are invited to write different parts of the one work, or write pieces on the same or(...)

Portrait of the singer and composer Michelle Pauline Viardot-García, (1821-1910). Found in the collection of the State Central Literary Museum, Moscow. Photograph  Fine Art Images/Getty

The theatre was full. The performance of Verdi’s Macbeth had reached the sleep-walking scene. Lady Macbeth’s maid-in-waiting has brought a doctor to h(...)

Soprano Majella Cullagh sings two arias for RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s latest lunchtime   concert on Tuesday

 Tuesday 6 RTÉ COConcert Orchestra/Conor Palliser NCH, Dublin Cork comes to Dublin for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s latest lunchtime (1.05pm) con(...)

Gavan Ring

Saturday 20  Fidelio Trio NCH Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin The Fidelio Trio, with cellist, present a programme by members of the Irish Compo(...)

 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

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(...)

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