Vivian Coates

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 The members of the inaugural Wexford Factory, pictured in the National Opera House. The inaugural Wexford Factory, a professional development academy for young Irish/Irish-based singers began this week. Photograph: Mark Stedman

The Wexford Factory, Wexford Festival Opera’s academy that offers professional and financial support to singers in the early stages of their careers, (...)

David Heusel in rehearsals with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra last week. Photograph: RTÉ

The sudden death of American conductor David Heusel was announced on Saturday, less than an hour before he was due to conduct the RTÉ Concert Orchestr(...)

Wide Open Opera’s production of “The Barber of Seville”. Will Opera Theatre Company, Lyric Opera and Wexford Festival Opera also throw their hats into the ring?

The Arts Council’s problematic handling of opera has been well aired in these pages. Happily, the council’s latest move on opera funding is in a posit(...)

Review: The Merry Widow

NCH, Dublin Is Franz Lehár’s 1905 operetta The Merry Widow a timeless classic with unending potential to win new friends? Winning new frien(...)

Following the break-up of his affair with Alma Mahler (above), the obsessive Kokoschka is despondent until he commissions a life-sized, anatomically accurate replica of his former lover

Just now, milestones in Irish opera are arriving in bunches like those proverbial buses. The Irish premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being (...)

Gerard Gillen: upbeat musician

The organ series at St Michael’s Church in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin started its 40th series on Sunday, and Gerard Gillen, the man who began it all, wa(...)