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The Anvil Chorus Performed by The BVOF Chorus

The Anvil Chorus Performed by The BVOF Chorus

Our sense of community at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is stronger than ever and we are already planning and looking forward to presenting our opera double bill Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci as part of our summer Festival from 1 – 7 June 2021. The BVOF Chorus has...

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Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF) – 16th April 2020

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF) – 16th April 2020

Beyond the current COVID-19 emergency, our sense of community at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is stronger than ever, and we are pleased to announce that a number of activities will be rescheduled to a date later this year.  We are looking forward to...

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BVOF 2020 Cancellation

BVOF 2020 Cancellation

It is with great sadness that the Board of Blackwater Valley Opera Festival have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Festival, which was scheduled to run from 26th May-1st June. As the Covid-19 situation develops the primary concern for the...

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Want to know more about Pagliacci?

Want to know more about Pagliacci?

  The dark side of humanity in opera will be represented at the 2020 Black Water Valley Opera Festival by Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Pagliacci is an Italian verismo-style opera consisting of a prologue and two acts. Tickets available here.   Older than...

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Want To Know More About Gianni Schicchi?

Want To Know More About Gianni Schicchi?

The first opera in the 2020 Blackwater Valley Opera Festival double bill will be Giacomo Puccini’s uproarious black comedy Gianni Schicchi, the final one-act opera in Puccini’s Il trittico.Book here.   Gianni Schicchi premiered with the other two operas in Il...

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From The Met to BVOF

From The Met to BVOF

  Alejandro Roy will join BVOF this summer to perform the role of Canio in Pagliacci in our opera double bill after finishing with The Metropolitan Opera, New York where he has appeared as Calaf in Franco Alfano & Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot since November...

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Behind The Scenes With Sandra Oman

Behind The Scenes With Sandra Oman

  We are excited to announce that Irish soprano Sandra Oman will return to BVOF in 2020 for our Opera Double Bill at Lismore Castle as Nella in Gianni Schicchi. As part of this announcement, we asked Sandra some questions about life as a singer and the Blackwater...

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Niall Kinsella to accompany Anthony Kearns

Niall Kinsella to accompany Anthony Kearns

  Earlier this year we announced that Anthony Kearns would be performing at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. We can now confirm that accompanying Anthony Kearns will be Irish pianist Niall Kinsella. This very special tribute concert to John McCormack will be...

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Maurice Steger Concert Thursday 28th May at Dromore Yard

Maurice Steger Concert Thursday 28th May at Dromore Yard

  The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is delighted to welcome Maurice Steger to Dromore Yard on Thursday 28 May. Steger will perform accompanied by classical maestros Daniele Caminiti and Mauro Valli in a concert that is set to be one of the highlights of our...

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Gianni Schicchi Artist Announcement

Gianni Schicchi Artist Announcement

  We are very excited to make the first official artist announcement for the 2020 BVOF Opera Double Bill. Leonardo Galeazzi will return to the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival portraying the title character of Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Galeazzi will also...

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Anthony Kearns Concert At BVOF 2020

Anthony Kearns Concert At BVOF 2020

  We are delighted to welcome “Ireland’s foremost tenor” Anthony Kearns to BVOF as part of our 2020 concert series. Anthony Kearn will perform a tribute concert to Count John McCormack at Dromore Yard on Sunday 31 May at 20:15. Book tickets here.   Kearns...

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Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 2020 Brochure

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 2020 Brochure

Announcing the 2020 Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, taking place from 26 May to 1 June 2020. We invite you to look through our interactive brochure featuring extensive information on our entire festival programme. We are presenting a double bill for the first time...

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2020 Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Bursary Winners

2020 Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Bursary Winners

Last Saturday afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Dromore Yard, Aglish, the first Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Bursary of €10,000 was presented to two exceptional talents, Naho Koizumi, soprano and Darren Hargan, conductor and pianist. Each received an...

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Announcement of new Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Bursary

Announcement of new Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Bursary

Announcement of new Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Bursary   As part of our ongoing efforts to promote opera in Ireland, we are pleased to announce the creation of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Bursary. The value of this annual bursary is €10,000, and it...

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Operawire Review – The Sleeping Queen

Operawire Review – The Sleeping Queen

Is It Time To Reassess The Operas Of William Balfe? By Alan Neilson / operawire.com Original online review link here During his lifetime the Irish composer, William Balfe, was considered to be the most important opera composer in the United Kingdom (Ireland at...

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Operawire Review: Don Pasquale

Operawire Review: Don Pasquale

Lismore Castle Provides A Stunning Venue For Donizetti’s Masterpiece By Alan Neilson / operawire.com Original online review link here On the Blackwater river in Seat East Ireland stands the imposing castle of Lismore, home to the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival....

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Interview with Rose Greene of 4 Hands Food Studio

Interview with Rose Greene of 4 Hands Food Studio

Although the primary attraction of our festival is music, we also invite a collection of phenomenally talented Chefs to feed our hungry guests each year. Chef Rose Greene of 4 Hands Food Studio was our guest chef for the 2019 Evening Concert Series at atmospheric...

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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.

Lismore Music Festival Clg
t/a Blackwater Valley Opera Festival,
8 Main Street,
Lismore,
Waterford

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