Orfeo ed Euridice


Book opera tickets for 2022 at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival returns 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.

Four evening performances of this year’s opera – our headline festival event, will take place at Lismore Castle, with a special Dress Rehearsal for Schools performance on Tuesday 31st May at 8pm.

Orfeo ed Euridice began Gluck’s revolution in music as his score moved the focus from virtuosic performance to music that reflected the depth of emotion and drama seen on stage. De’Calzabigi’s libretto uses the Greek myth as Orfeo embarks on a journey to rescue his deceased wife, Euridice, from the underworld, however all is not so simple. The Gods, via Amor, make this no easy task. Orfeo must not gaze upon Euridice or explain to her the reason why while on their journey out of the underworld, for if he does, she will be lost to him forever.  

The production is made possible with generous production sponsorship from the John Pollard Foundation. 

DATE & TIME: Weds 1st, Fri 3rd, Sat 4th, Sun 5th June at 8pm

(Dress Rehearsal for Schools – Tues 31st May at 8pm)

VENUE: Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

TICKET PRICES: €85 – €200

MUSIC:   Christoph Willibald Gluck

Libretto: Ranieri de’ Calzabigi 

Version: 1762 Vienna version

Language: Sung in Italian, with English surtitles

Duration: The performance will last for 75 minutes, with a 40 minute interval after Act2

2022 Cast & Creative Team

Orfeo ed Euridice Cast

Orfeo: Meili Li
Euridice: Aoife Gibney
Amor: Kelli-Ann Masterson 

Chorus: BVOF Chorus

Dancers: CoisCéim Dance Theatre
Orchestra: Irish Baroque Orchestra 


Creative Team

Director and Choreographer: David Bolger
Conductor: Peter Whelan

Artistic Director: Dieter Kaegi
Set & Costume Design:
 Maree Kearns
Lighting Design: Eamon Fox


Weds Evening
1st June at 8pm

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Friday Evening
3rd June at 8pm

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Saturday Evening
4th June at 8pm

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Sunday Evening
5th June at 8pm

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