Arena With Seán Rocks

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    Opera critics and sexism

    mezzo soprano Alice Coote reacts to recent reviews by British critics (all male) commenting negatively on the appearance/size of Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught (who is playing the role of Octavian in the Strauss opera 'Der Rosenkavalier' at the Glyndebourne Festival)


    Dublin Bach Singers

    Blanaid Murphy, conductor with the Dublin Bach Singers who will be performing Bach’s Mass in B Minor this Saturday in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin    

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    Opera in Waterford

    Evelyn O'Rourke meets the creative team behind the opera "The Invader" (composed by Eric Sweeney and Mark Roper and directed by Ben Barnes). A modern take on the Greek play 'The Bacchae' by Euripides, it runs at the Theatre Royal in Waterford next weekend

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    One Direction

    Chris Wasser with a guide to the phenomenon that is One Direction


    Roy Orbison

    Simon Maher with a career retrospective of Roy Orbison, the last album he recorded is “Mystery Girl’ and it has just been re-released    


    Gaiety School of Acting graduates

    2014 graduating students from the Gaiety School of Acting perform live in studio, with their tutor Roger Gregg and the Bee Loud Glade Collective

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    (for copyright reasons this programme is not available to download as a podcast)


    Album Reviews

    Edel Coffey and Jonathan Creasy review new albums - "Ghost Stories" from Coldplay, "Upside Down Mountain" from Conor Oberst and "What Have We Become" from Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott  


    Other people's taste in music

    John Byrne reviews “Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste” by Carl Wilson (published by Bloomsbury), a book that looks at how people organise their identities around their professed love for different types of music

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