Summer opera festival gets ready to light up the Blackwater Valley

Monday, May 08, 2023. 5:58pm
Summer opera festival gets ready to light up the Blackwater Valley

With just three weeks to go to Ireland’s summer opera festival – Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, preparations are well underway

The festival takes place from 29th May to 5th June 2023 at stunning venues throughout the Blackwater Valley (Waterford and Cork), with Lismore Castle at its heart. Featuring 21 events at 12 venues over 8 days, including many free and discounted ticket events, this is a classical music and opera festival that is accessible to all. 

Highlights include the headline opera Verdi’s Macbeth, conducted by Killian Farrell, directed by Sarah Baxter and in artistic collaboration with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, which is set in the grounds of Lismore Castle.  The concerts at Dromore Yard, a romantic, semi-restored 19th century farmyard on the banks of the River Blackwater, are also in high demand, featuring Ian Bostridge with Saskia Giorgini, Nadège Rochat and Judith Jáuregui, and Paula Murrihy with the Irish Baroque Orchestra & Peter Whelan.

Over the week, there will also be festival recitals at beautiful heritage homes and churches, open-air lunchtime recitals in Dungarvan, Lismore, Youghal and Fermoy; Discover Singing and Discover Opera trails for school children, opera dining, local restaurant packages and more.

With nearly 90% of tickets already sold, it’s time to book, and tickets for the free events should also be booked in advance.  See or call the BVOF Box Office directly on 087 4079250

The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival, joyfully engaging audiences through a creative and imaginative programme of opera and classical music in the beautiful Blackwater Valley. The festival showcases emerging Irish talent alongside established international artists and delivers memorable and inspirational experiences which enrich the cultural life of the region.

More than 4,500 visitors are expected to attend the world renowned classical music week, which is now in its 13th year.  The festival will welcome 103 international and Irish artists, present 65+ hours of music, and deliver education outreach to an estimated 2,500 local students.  And it all happens thanks to the support of 98 volunteers, 100 Friends of BVOF, and 25 sponsors, funders, and partners.   

Luxury shopping destination Kildare Village is the Fashion Retail sponsor of Blackwater Valley Opera Festival for 2023, and the award-winning Waterford Whisky distillery is the new Hospitality Partner of the festival.  Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is supported by grants from the Arts Council, Waterford City & County Council, and Fáilte Ireland. The festival’s lead sponsors are Kildare Village, Marsh, AIB and the John Pollard Foundation.For more see 

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