Gluck’s

Orfeo ed Euridice

31 May – 6 June 2022

Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival

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Blackwater Valley Opera Festival – Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival – returns for 2022 with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice -conducted by Peter Whelan and directed by David Bolger, from 31 May – 6 June in Lismore, Co. Waterford. We are excited to announce that this year’s opera production will feature artistic collaborations with the acclaimed Irish Baroque Orchestra and award-winning CoisCéim Dance Theatre. 

The opera Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck, is the headline event for four evening performances from June 1 – 5, at Lismore Castle, as well as classical music recitals and concerts, schools and free events, and dining experiences at fantastic venues throughout the Blackwater Valley. 

Lismore Castle has been the festival’s home since 2010, with the old Stable Yard and impressive grounds of the Castle providing a magical backdrop for our bespoke opera production each summer.

Some of this year’s highlights include a series of unmissable concerts in the breathtaking Dromore Yard, featuring Maurice Steger and Friends: with Daniele Caminiti and Mauro Valli; the phenomenally talented pianist Giovanni Bellucci; and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, conducted under the artistic direction of Peter Whelan. Following the success of 2021, free BVOF Open Air Recitals will continue to bring the magic of Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival to local communities in Lismore, Youghal, Dungarvan and Fermoy this year. The recitals series will feature a variety of beautiful programmes in the magical surrounds of Lismore Castle, Salterbridge House, St Carthage’s Cathedral, Villierstown Church and Tourin House.

Dining and hospitality will be part of the unique festival experience once again this year, as partner Eunice Power will offer both a Formal Dining Menu and Gourmet Table Picnic in the beautiful grounds of Lismore Castle Co. Waterford. At Dromore Yard there will also be Sunday Lunch and Festival Finale Supper available in the traditional buildings of the old 1800s yard by Chef Colin Hennessy.

Experience seven days of opera, classical music recitals and concerts, schools and free events, pop up events, dining experiences and a whole lot more… Tickets go on general sale from February 12, 2022.  This is opera as you have never seen or experienced it before…

Opera Rehearsals 2022

Opera Rehearsals 2022

We took a sneak peek inside the opera rehearsals room for Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. This year is BVOF's first partnership with CoisCéim Dance...

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