Dick O'Riordan

Dick O'Riordan

Aida set to be mighty finale to INO’s first year

Aida set to be mighty finale to INO’s first year

The latest production at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has teamed two of Ireland’s most spectacular singers, soprano Orla Boylan and mezzo Imelda Drumm, as love rivals Aida and Amneris respectively

Polish tenor with pitch, passion and punch

Polish tenor with pitch, passion and punch

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Soloist: tenor Piotr Beczala Polish tenor Piotr Beczala returned...

Tinney takes to the road for his 60th birthday

Tinney takes to the road for his 60th birthday

Pianist Hugh Tinney is currently celebrating his 60th birthday by criss-crossing the country with...

Stellar performances all round as Wexford’s chorus grabs the glory

Stellar performances all round as Wexford’s chorus grabs the glory

Umberto Giordano’s Mala Vita, an 1892 cautionary tale about a TB-stricken worker in New York’s Little Italy who promises to save a prostitute from a life of sin if he is cured of his illness, delivered festival lift off

Flautist fires up Freemasons contest in sensational style

Flautist fires up Freemasons contest in sensational style

When Seamus Hickey, the second of four contestants in the final of the Freemasons Young Musician ...

Hundred-year-old Bluebeard puts the frighteners on Dublin

Hundred-year-old Bluebeard puts the frighteners on Dublin

Bluebeard’s Castle By Béla Bartók Irish National Opera Gaiety Theatre, Dublin The Slavic styl...

‘Brilliant and inspirational’ pianist wins top schools prize

‘Brilliant and inspirational’ pianist wins top schools prize

18-year-old Kevin Jansson was highly fancied in a final of seven contestants at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin

Daring double bill is one of Wexford’s main attractions

Daring double bill is one of Wexford’s main attractions

L’Oracolo by Franco Leoni and Mala Vita (Wretched Life) by Umberto Giordano have been combined into a festival opener. It’s a brave call for David Agler in his penultimate festival as artistic director

INO blazes a trail but ends with a chiller

INO blazes a trail but ends with a chiller

Irish National Opera is now the flagship of opera in Ireland, and Bluebeard’s Castle represents...

How ConTempo fled the East and won the West

How ConTempo fled the East and won the West

The ConTempo has now been resident for 16 years and has stamped its mark right across Ireland’s classical music scene in a wonderfully vibrant way that has embraced both contemporary and traditional works

Hoffmann’s crazy tales lift the spirits

Hoffmann’s crazy tales lift the spirits

This Irish National Opera production was as fascinatingly grotesque as it was fantastically entertaining

Piano stars to shine bright in New Ross

Piano stars to shine bright in New Ross

New Ross Piano Festival has a lot to be proud of. It’s a relatively small event, even as Irish ...

A joyous DiDonato receives RIAM’s top award

A joyous DiDonato receives RIAM’s top award

“I wish my parents could have been here to share this honour with me today,” said mezzo-sopra...

Callas: a star who keeps on shining

Callas: a star who keeps on shining

Maria Callas wasn’t her real name at all. It was Anna Maria Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulos, but w...

INO has Tales to tell nationwide

INO has Tales to tell nationwide

After a much-lauded staging of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the recent Galway Arts Festival, th...