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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(...)

Christoph Altstaedt conducts the UlsterOrchestra for the seasonal favourite Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at Ulster Hall

SUNDAY 17 Irish Opera Artists’ Christmas Gala Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin noon Adm free bit.ly/2BcSXz8 Irish Opera Artists is a new group of four s(...)

The city was a magnet for the talented and desperate from all over the country and for enterprising immigrants like George Frideric Handel.   Artwork: Painting by Thom; Photograph by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Dwarfing every other town and city in Britain, it was the greatest metropolis in Europe, richer and more populous than Paris, Naples or Amsterdam. The(...)

Peter Hall: the late director at the National Theatre  in London in March 1976, just before its first public performance. Photograph: Dennis Oulds/Central/Getty

Peter Reginald Frederick Hall Born: November 22nd, 1930 Died: September 11th, 2017 Peter Hall, who created the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age o(...)

Lisbon skyline at Alfama, one of the older parts of the city. Photograph: iStock Photo

Assemble a city-break destination from a wishlist of components and you get Lisbon: a wide glittering river, limpid skies, steep cobbled streets, pala(...)

Germany could make it easier to hire and fire senior bankers in a move intended as a sweetener for global banks who want to move staff to the continent after Brexit but are worried about laws making it hard to sack them. (Photograph: iStockPhoto)

Germany could make it easier to hire and fire senior bankers in what would be a rare exception to its strict labour rules, an ally of Chancellor Angel(...)

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(...)

 Ermonela Jaho: the Albanian soprano, who first appeared in Wexford in 2000, was the Readers’ Award Winner at the International Opera Awards. Photograph: Marc Ross/AFP/Getty Images

The 2016 International Opera Awards were announced in London on Sunday. Irish contenders were few in number: Wexford Festival Opera was shortlisted i(...)

The best-known Irish musical name was that of tenor John McCormack (above), who abandoned the opera house in favour of a concert career

We’re in 2016, and the subject of 1916 is going to be with us for the duration, although the scars in Dublin seem minor compared with the war that wa(...)

Before the reception in a marquee at The Castle in Castletownshend, Veronica and Neil climbed to a local Bronze Age fort for photographs.

Shortly after moving to Darwin in Australia to start a PhD (involving marine snails), marine scientist Veronica (33) from Leap, Co Cork, met local (...)

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