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Boyle books into The Last Hotel

Boyle books into The Last Hotel

Stratospheric soprano Claudia Boyle has just re-entered the atmosphere after resounding success as Mabel in theatre director Mike Leigh’s reimagining of The Pirates of Penzance for HD cinema screenings.

TV: All chat and no change

TV: All chat and no change

Reviewed this week: Pat Kenny in the Round, UTV Ireland. Exiles, RTE Two. The Truth About Ebola, BBC Two

Nora Barnacle gets NCH song cycle for Bloomsday

Nora Barnacle gets NCH song cycle for Bloomsday

I know Joycean scholars are still busy trying to unknot the convoluted nonsense of Finnegans Wake, but pending the result of their great endeavour I don’t mind declaring that the most exciting James Joyce news for ages has been that of a new song cyc

RTE Orchestra ‘heads for Hollywood’

RTE Orchestra ‘heads for Hollywood’

The RTE Concert Orchestra, under conductor John Wilson, has been building a strong brand in the musicals and movies department, now probably the strongest of any national orchestra anywhere.

Don’t miss: upcoming events

Don’t miss: upcoming events

Exhibition: Eoghan McGrath’s Dendritic, Carton House, Co Kildare, June 10-24

Dour and out in New York

Dour and out in New York

Cinema: Listen Up Philip. Directed by Alex Ross Perry. IFI, no cert. Rating: ***. Fortune’s Wheel. Directed by Joe Lee. IFI, no cert. Rating: ****. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films. Directed by Mark Hartley. selected cinemas.

‘Miracle of Istanbul’ drama’s action makes up for words

‘Miracle of Istanbul’ drama’s action makes up for words

Theatre: One Night in Istanbul. By Nicky Allt. Gaiety Theatre. Run concluded. Rating ***. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

Albums: Muse, Florence and Shamir

Albums: Muse, Florence and Shamir

Rock: Muse, Drones (Warner)

New take on classic opera boxes clever

New take on classic opera boxes clever

Review: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. ’Reilly Theatre, Dublin. Opera Theatre Company. Reviewed by Dick O’Riordan

Festival fever

Festival fever

From Rossini to bluegrass, and from old favourites such as Electric Picnic to a celebration of chips, there’s a festival for every age, taste and commitment this summer. Words: Lily Killeen

Albums

Albums

Album reviews by Johnnie Craig and John Walshe

Bands on the fun

Bands on the fun

Four of Ireland’s top indie musicians give their take on what’s good, bad and ugly about the contemporary rock festival scene.

Festival favourites

Festival favourites

Four top Irish novelists reveal their literary shindigs of choice

Taste the summer

Taste the summer

Gillian Nelis selects the cream of the summer’s foodie festivals to tickle your tastebuds

‘Last songs’  for O’Sullivan

‘Last songs’ for O’Sullivan

Surprisingly, Cara O’Sullivan has never sung Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs at the NCH during an illustrious career, but that will be put right when the soprano guests there with the Hibernian Orchestra on June 10.