Dick O'Riordan

Dick O'Riordan

‘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...

Westport festival thrives on change

Westport festival thrives on change

The Festival of Chamber Music originated in 2013 with Ireland’s foremost piano/violin duo, Hugh Tinney and Catherine Leonard, and its success has expanded in parallel with an ongoing annual ambition

Monkstown makes its mark with music

Monkstown makes its mark with music

We all know that from little acorns great oaks grow – but far too slowly for my liking. Not so ...

A Baltimore birthday for Bernstein

A Baltimore birthday for Bernstein

Next Wednesday, the world-renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform, on his centenary year, a special Bernstein birthday concert at the NCH

California’s youth orchestra stirs up an old television flashback

California’s youth orchestra stirs up an old television flashback

Before the economic bubble burst towards the end of the last decade, it was quite commonplace for...

A collective triumph as Ulysses arrives in Ireland at last

A collective triumph as Ulysses arrives in Ireland at last

The Return of Ulysses Opera Collective Ireland Gateway Theatre, Kilkenny It took Ulysses 20 years...

Baroque supergroup bring songs and tales from the mountains

Baroque supergroup bring songs and tales from the mountains

Apollo’s Fire are considered the hottest baroque band in the US, and have been blazing a trail ...