Dick O'Riordan

Dick O'Riordan

Figaro heralds a new era  in Ireland’s opera history

Figaro heralds a new era in Ireland’s opera history

The curtain goes up on a new era for Irish opera at the National Opera House in Wexford on Tuesday, April 17, when Irish National Opera presents its inaugural production of The Marriage of Figaro

Lots of hallelujahs, but big Bach still looms large

Lots of hallelujahs, but big Bach still looms large

Bach has always seemed to drift in and out of popularity

PREVIEW : Castletown recalls its ‘missing link’ with Messiah

PREVIEW : Castletown recalls its ‘missing link’ with Messiah

Speaking of Handel, the majestic Long Gallery at Castletown House in Celbridge, Co Kildare, will ...

Forecourts at the forefront of the electric revolution

Forecourts at the forefront of the electric revolution

The advent of electric cars is making service stations attractive to investors looking to develop them into future charging centres and retail hubs, writes Donal Buckley

Dirty Duchess is royally mesmerising

Dirty Duchess is royally mesmerising

Thomas Adès’s razor-sharp contemporary opera Powder Her Face may have caused outrage when premiered in London in 1995, but the fellatio scene that caused a furore at that time barely raised an eyebrow in this scorching production

Wexford sets out its stall

Wexford sets out its stall

Wexford Festival Opera has released the full programme for its next festival and with it comes the news that this will be the second last year in command for artistic director David Agler

Opera: Thrilling Tosca with an Irish star

Opera: Thrilling Tosca with an Irish star

Puccini’s opera is now regarded as the most riveting and dramatic of his works

Musicians’ tribute to tragic violist Lynch

Musicians’ tribute to tragic violist Lynch

Dublin piano contest returns with an invasion of talent

Dublin piano contest returns with an invasion of talent

The Dublin International Piano Competition (May 18-29), founded in 1988, has been a flagship for our musical ambition on the international scene and now ranks among the most important piano competitions in the world

Gheorghiu named as ‘the most exciting’

Gheorghiu named as ‘the most exciting’

“The most amazing, the most flamboyant and exciting.” That is how soprano Angela Gheorghiu wa...

Dublin’s new music festival urges a brave leap of faith

Dublin’s new music festival urges a brave leap of faith

The four-day contemporary music festival was initiated in 2013

From Russia with love

From Russia with love

When it comes to delivering international artists of superb quality to provincial towns and villa...

They’re Moore’s melodies, but not as we know them

They’re Moore’s melodies, but not as we know them

The NCH concert on February 21 is titled Moore’s Melodies Re-Awakened and is curated by leading baritone Simon Morgan

Czechs mark centenary with big weekend

Czechs mark centenary with big weekend

The world-renowned Czech Philharmonic Orchestra will take up residence at the NCH next weekend for three concerts

PREVIEW: Youthful talents ring in Chinese New Year

PREVIEW: Youthful talents ring in Chinese New Year

Concerts by three outstanding young classical musicians, aged 11 to 18, are at the heart of a pac...