With Opera and Applause ringing in our ears… We wanted to say Thank You!

Sunshine, a sell-out run, fabulous food and marvellous memories are the hallmark of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 2018.

From the cast of L’Italiana in Algeri singing about the benefits of becoming a Papatacchi, to some magical moments at our newest venue, Dromore Yard, we’re winding down after six unforgettable days in Ireland’s Ancient East. Visitors came from around the Blackwater Valley, around Ireland and around the world to share the music and make this our most successful festival yet.

We want to thank our supporters, funders, sponsors, cast, crew, office team and wonderful volunteers, as well as all our audiences who came and made this year so special.

We look forward to seeing you next year, when our 10th Anniversary Festival takes place from May 28 to June 3 2019, and features Donizetti’s witty and wonderful Don Pasquale at Lismore Castle, alongside many intimate musical moments with our recitals series. Booking will open in February 2019, and don’t forget, Friends of the Festival can avail of priority booking as well as many other benefits, so sign up here.

Thank you again, take a bow and see you next year!  And meanwhile, here are some memories of 2018.
The team at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.

The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Ireland’s most beautiful summer music festival presents Opera at Lismore Castle and music in the great houses of the Blackwater Valley from May 28th to June 3rd 2019. The Opera 2019: presenting Donizetti’s witty and wonderful Don Pasquale .

The Recitals Series bring music to the Great Houses of the Blackwater Valley. Enjoy the wonderful gardens, and experience these elegant and historic homes while listening to beautiful music.

At this year’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, there is an outstanding array of dining and hospitality choices, from the beautiful walled gardens of Lismore Castle, to supper and lunch at Dromore Yard.

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.