Artist Ana Maria Pacheco at the opening of the exhibition of her work in the Festival Gallery, as part of the Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Andrew Downes

A “Big Top” marquee will be pitched on the banks of the Corrib and the Galway International Arts Festival, which once ran off a €1,000 Arts (...)

English pianist Julius Drake: expressive vehemence

Francis Humphrys, director of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, has chalked another piece of music off his bucket list. Sunday night saw the festi(...)

Crashlands in the community hall in Innisbofin. Photograph: Brendan Canty

“It’s a bit bonkers.” Malachy Robinson is sitting at the dining room table of a house on Long Island, a small but picturesque outcrop 600 metres off t(...)

Wide Open Opera and Landmark Productions have won the€150,000 Fedora General Prize for Opera for their production of ‘The Second Violinist’. Photograph: Hugh O’Conor

Opera in Ireland is still up in the air as the Arts Council is in the middle of a process that is intended to deliver a new opera company to serve bot(...)

Conall Morrison’s new work is Woyzeck in Winter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Galway International Arts Festival has announced its full programme for 2017, which also marks the festival’s 40th birthday. Already announced is(...)

Nikolay Khozyainov: his playing was free of grandstanding, though the glitter of the rapid-fire finale was as bright as you could have wished.

Russian pianist Nikolay Khozyainov was 19 when he took first prize in the Dublin International Piano Competition in May 2012. He was born in Blagovesh(...)

Gerald Barry:  his  piece Humiliated and Insulted is inspired by a Dostoyevsky novel. Photograph: Alan Betson

Music, it is often said, is a universal language. But not everything musical travels equally freely across international borders. New music travels sl(...)

When will opera be blessed with a coherent strategy? At the opera house in Wexford. Photograph: David Sleator / The Irish Times

It doesn’t take much to figure out how strange the situation of opera in Ireland is at the moment. Just look at what’s announced for 2017. The Arts Co(...)

Alex Petcu’s award-winning profile has grown hugely over the past few years. Here now is the Cork percussionist’s first CD, representing his regular (...)

The biggest faux pas is the complete omission of one of the country’s most successful composers, Jennifer Walshe

Composing the Island is quite simply off the scale when it comes to the celebration of Irish composers. The festival, which will run from September 7(...)

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