Gianni Schicchi

By Giacomo Puccini

Lismore Castle
Evening performance 6.30pm (picnic dining from 5.00pm)
Matinee performance 4.00pm (picnic dining from 2.30pm)

Wednesday   01 Sept - Opening night
Friday             03 Sept - 2 Opera Performances
Saturday        04 Sept - 2 Opera Performances
Sunday           05 Sept - Opera Finale

All opera performances will be sung in Italian with English surtitles

IMPORTANT NOTE: All bookings must currently be made by contacting the Festival box office at +353 87 407 9250

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

Each Festival season, our production team turns the Old Stable Yard at Lismore Castle into a special auditorium with comfortable, raked seating under a stretch canvas. This year we will re-create this intimate setting, bringing each audience member close to the action on stage while keeping our audiences appropriately distanced and safe, maintaining the beguiling atmosphere for which BVOF has become known.

Our talented set designers and builders work hard to tweak the beautiful  Stable Yard so that it melds effortlessly with each new opera’s narrative. Our patrons return year after year to witness the magic unfold – it is truly an immersive opera experience like no other. 


Gianni Schicchi 60 minutes

Tickets from €60 – €100

Your Evening At The Opera

It is our intention to make your visit to Lismore Castle a memorable and uncomplicated one, free from any worries or concerns.

We have adapted our magical Lismore Castle setting so that we retain the ambiance of outdoors whilst providing cover during the performances.  We will be following the most up-to-date public health guidelines at all times.

To this end, our friendly volunteer group will be on hand to help you with anything you may need. From the moment of your arrival, our volunteers will be available to make your Festival experience a wonderful one.


Opera Dining Options


We are delighted to partner with Eunice Power to provide you with a sumptuous, all-inclusive gourmet table picnic, including seating in a covered stretch- tent on the Gallery Lawn at Lismore Castle.

Our menu is locally sourced, and presented in beautiful baskets. Your picnic option will be available at €55 per person and will include delicious vegetarian options. Our menu is presented in partnership with ‘Food – The Waterford Way’.

Gourmet Table Picnic Sittings:

Wednesday 1st September – 5.00pm
Thursday 2nd September – 2.30pm and 5.00pm
Friday 3rd September – 2.30pm and 5.00pm
Saturday 4th September – 2.30pm and 5.00pm
Sunday 5th September – 3.30pm

Your Picnic Dining must be pre-booked and pre-paid (at the time of ticket purchase or later) or through our box office at least 3 days before the performance. The option to purchase the opera menu will be presented at the time of purchasing tickets online.

Menu – Price €55 p.p. excl. €3.50 booking fee per order

Eunice Power

Eunice lives in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, where she set up her gourmet catering company in 2001. Her zealous commitment to using locally sourced, fresh seasonal produce, infused with creativity and flair, has garnered Eunice a reputation for being one of the best caterers in the business. Exquisitely prepared seasonal food, combined with a refined personal service has earned Eunice the reputation as one of Ireland’s leading event catering companies. To find out more about Eunice Power visit 


Why not compliment your Gourmet Picnic Table with a bottle of wine/champagne from our beverage partners The Corkscrew.

Please note that Picnic Dining is the only hospitality option available during the 2021 Festival, in the gardens at Lismore Castle. No admission is granted to the Castle gardens or grounds without an opera ticket. Dining and bar facilities are open to opera guests only. Guests are not allowed to bring food and drinks into the gardens.

What To Wear

All of our patrons will be required to wear face coverings as per national public health guidelines.There is no dress code for our opera productions, however, many of our patrons like to take the opportunity to dress up. Due to unpredictable weather, this means that on occasion guests are obliged to pair their dress suit or cocktail dress with wellies and a coat. Comfort is the order of the day, so feel free to dress up or down. Whatever you choose, please bear in mind that the 2021 Festival takes place in September in an outdoor setting, and that rain is not an impossibility.

Cast & Creative Team

Gianni Schicchi Cast:
Gianni Schicchi: Leonardo Galeazzi
Lauretta: Solen Mainguené
La Ciesca: Gemma Ní Bhriain 
Rinuccio: John Porter
Gherardo: James Nelson
Nella: Sandra Oman
Gherardo: TBC
Betto di Signa: Rory Dunne
Simone: John Molloy
Marco: Rory Musgrave
Zita: Bríd Ní Ghruagáin
Masestro Spinelloccio: Jakob Mahese
Seramantio di Nicolao Fionn O’hAmhlain
Pinellino : David Mullhall
Guccio: Tim Mays

BVOF Bursary Understudies
Understudy Lauretta: Naho Koizumi
Understudy Gianni Schicci: Rory Dunne

The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Orchestra, featuring 13 players in 2021[c3] 

Once again, the co-founder of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Dieter Kaegi is at the helm. For the 2021 Festival, he is joined by director Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau. Acclaimed conductor Darren Hargan will raise his baton again at Lismore Castle following his engagement in Don Pasquale at the 2019 Festival[c5] .

Conductor : Darren Hargan
Director : Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau
Set and Costume Designer: Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau
Artistic Director : Dieter Kaegi

The Story & The Characters

The Story and Characters

Gianni Schicchi: 
In this hilarious farce, Gianni Schicchi opens with the Donati family mourning the passing of their patriarch, Buoso. Their tears, however, are not real – that is, not until the Donatis discover Buoso has bequeathed his fortune to a monastery. Frantic, they call upon Gianni Schicchi, a self-made lower-class man, to help them re-write Buoso’s will. In a series of comedic hijinks, secret deals, and one over-the-top scheme, the family succeeds having the will re-written. However, the Donatis are in for another surprise: when the will is read, they discover that Schicchi has left the bulk of the fortune to himself. Wily Schicchi wins the audience over by arguing that his fraud has not only humbled an arrogant family, but has also brought together two young lovers: his daughter, Lauretta, and young Rinuccio Donati.  

Schools' Night Opera - 1:00pm Wednesday September 1st

Schools’ Opera Performance – 13.00 Wednesday, 1st September

A key feature of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is a full dress-rehearsal production of the opera, presented free of charge to school children. We are gratefully assisted by The David Ross Foundation to provide the school children with this wonderful opportunity.

In 2019 over 450 children from schools in Waterford attended Don Pasquale. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from both students and the accompanying teachers (read 2018 school children’s memories here).

For more detail on our Education Programme or if you would like to register your school group’s interest in attending this year’s Schools’ Opera performance please complete the form below:



Festival Partners

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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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