Verdi’s Macbeth masterpiece among impressive line-up at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival
~ The 2023 festival at Lismore, features an inspiring creative team, 103 international and Irish performers, 21 events, 12 venues, 4,500 visitors, 2,500 students, and 98 volunteers ~
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF), Ireland's Summer Opera, is returning for eight magical days from 29th May to 5th June with an impressive programme of 21 events at 12 stunning venues, with everything from big tickets to free tickets.
More than 4,500 visitors are expected to attend the world renowned, unique, and inclusive opera and classical music week, which is now in its 13th year. The festival attracts top talent and 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.
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival has announced a ground-breaking new production of Verdi’s - conducted by Killian Farrell, directed by Sarah Baxter and in artistic collaboration with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, as the headline event at Lismore Castle Waterford on 31 May, 2, 3 and 4 June.
Vittorio Vitelli, alternating
This spectacular arts and culture summer opera festival has developed its own distinctive voice within the opera and classical music world, bringing fresh vision and focus to Waterford tourism and Ireland’s Ancient East.”
Luxury shopping destination Kildare Village is the Fashion Retail sponsor of Blackwater Valley Opera Festival for 2023, and the award-winning Waterford Whisky distillery has just been announced as 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.
The Big Tickets (Opera)
Macbeth- 31 May, 2, 3, 4 June
Tickets €75-220. Lismore Castle Waterford
The Dromore Yard Concerts
Ian Bostridge and Saskia Giorgini – Thurs 1 June
Tickets €25-60. Dromore Yard, Aglish, Co. Waterford
Recitals for The Classical Music Lovers
From 29 May – 5 June 2023
Artists include Amy Gillen, Kelli-Ann Masterson, Niall Kinsella, Mairead Hurley, Abigail LaDuke, Ella Nagy, Frasier Hickland, Megan O’Neill, Amy Ní Fhearraigh, BVOF Chorus.
Venues in Youghal, Fermoy, Lismore, Dungarvan, Cappoquin, Villierstown.
Tickets €25 / €10 Concessions / Limited Free Tickets
The 2023 Free Shows
BVOF Free Open-Air Lunchtime Recitals – Fermoy, Youghal, Lismore, Dungarvan
30 May, 2, 3, 4 June Tickets FREE. Booking essential to secure seating.
Lismore Castle Waterford
For The Foodie Lovers
The Macbeth Menu by Eunice Power - 31 May, 2, 3, 4 June
Tickets €55- €75 Lismore Castle Waterford
Gourmet Table Picnics by Eamo & Ró - 31 May, 2, 3, 4 June
Tickets €55 Lismore Castle Waterford
Gourmet Table Picnics by Eamo & Ró - 1, 4, 5 June
Tickets €55 Dromore Yard, Aglish, Co. Waterford
Lunchtime Recital Packages (2 Course Menu & Recital Ticket)
1 June – The Saucy Hen, Villierstown Tickets €30
2 June – Barron’s Coffeehouse Cappoquin Tickets €30
3 June – Fuller’s Bistro Lismore Tickets €30
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Lismore Music Festival Clg t/a Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, 8 Main Street, Lismore, Waterford