Classical Notes

Dick O’Riordan’s Classical Notes: Kilkenny comes alive for a major milestone

Kilkenny Arts Festival raises its game as it celebrates its 50th year

The star-studded cast of Semele includes soprano Kelli-Ann Masterson and the Opera Collective Ireland. Picture: Frances Marshall

Kilkenny stands like a citadel to the arts and culture at this time of year, its great festival luring the converted in its direction at a time when its post-Brian Cody warriors are planning once again a successful trip up to Dublin and more glory on the hurling field.

The Kilkenny Arts Festival is celebrating its 50th year in time-honoured fashion with scintillating programming and its eyes firmly fixed on triumphs in artistic endeavours, not ...