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(...)

Director John Harris: lumbered with new commitments?

There’s a great, thought-provoking line by GK Chesterton in which he claims that “if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly”. I first came ac(...)

Gavan Ring, Jennifer Davis, Fergus Sheil, performing with the RTÉNSO.  Photograph: Ste Murray

The new Irish National Opera company presented itself to the world last week. In its first year the company will present seven productions with a tota(...)

Maria McGrann, soprano, with pianist Aoife O’Sullivan, at the Opera Marathon in City Hall Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“If opera was a cake, for the middle there’d be some jam or something so there was always a part on the inside that gets you.” Children giving their v(...)

Bringing it  all together – actor Peter Duffy

Although he died almost 140 years ago, the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky has aged surprisingly well.   This is partly because (in the book Th(...)

The cast of Belinda McKeon's new play 'Nora'.

The Sin Eaters Pigeon House Lab, Poolbeg. Sept 27-Oct 15 The Sin Eaters. Photograph: © Graham Cooper Such has been the power of(...)

Christian Blackshaw: performing Schubert’s piano sonatas at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Schubert: Dreaming the Sublime Kilkenny Arts Festival, Friday August 11th to Sunday August 20th kilkennyarts.ie Kilkenny Arts Festival’s main compos(...)

John Harris: arriving into a situation in which future festival themes and commissions are already in train

The capital’s biggest new music bash, the New Music Dublin festival, has a new festival director in John Harris. He is a composer and is currently chi(...)

Aaron Monaghan in The Second Violinist. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

The Second Violinist ★★★★ Black Box Theatre, Galway  Early in composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer Enda Walsh’s second collaboration on an opera(...)

Donnacha Dennehy’s The Second Violinist, his second opera with writer and director Enda Walsh, premieres at the Galway Arts Festival

SATURDAY 22 CLASSICAL Dublin International Piano Festival Various venues, Dublin, until Sunday 30th pianofestival.ie The Dublin International Pian(...)

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