Thank You

The Festival team would like to offer a sincere thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2019 Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Without your continued participation the Festival would not be possible.
A special thank you also to our sponsors, funders, donors and Friends of the Festival who have once more shown their generous and ongoing support, helping us to build a successful Festival for the Blackwater Valley region.

Priority Booking for Friends of the Festival will open in early 2020. We invite you to become a member of our circle of Festival Friends. Friends of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival join a special family, sharing advance information, priority booking and much more. Joining is easy –  just click here

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2020 Festival which will run from 26th May-1 June, featuring an opera double bill Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) and I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo).


– Eamonn Carroll, Festival Director

About The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Ireland’s only summer opera festival and next June we presents our centrepiece, the annual opera at Lismore Castle, with an exciting schedule of additional musical events throughout the week.

Playing host to many of these one-off events are the Great Houses, Churches and unique locations of the glorious Blackwater Valley, offering a chance to explore this hidden gem of the Munster Region, an historic part of Ireland’s Ancient East. Patrons can also enjoy an outstanding array of dining and hospitality choices, provided by local businesses and prepared by local chefs, making the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival an experience like no other.

BVOF Artistic Director Dieter Kaegi’s Q&A on the 2019 Festival

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The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, centered in Lismore, Co. Waterford, is held in the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings of Lismore Castle and Historic Houses on the shores of the scenic Blackwater River.

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