Friday, May 20, 2022

The open air recitals in Lismore and Dungarvan are popular elements of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Photo: Sean O’Riordan

WITH just over a week to go until this year’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF), organisers are encouraging local community groups to book their free tickets for the open-air lunchtime recitals in Lismore and Dungarvan.

This year’s BVOF Open Air Lunchtime Recitals in will be in Lismore’s Millennium Park on Wednesday, June 1 at 1pm, and Dungarvan Walton Park on Friday, June 3 at 12 noon.

The BVOF runs from Tuesday, May 31 to Monday, June 6, featuring world-class opera, award-winning musicians, international performers, and acclaimed dance troupes across a range of venues across the Blackwater Valley.

Highlights of this year’s festival include headline opera ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ by Gluck with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, CoisCéim Dance Theatre and the BVOF Chorus.

There’ll also be a new ‘Discover Singing’ programme, along with concerts in the breath-taking Dromore Yard, a James Joyce spoken recital, BVOF Voices of Ukraine (with all ticket proceeds going to UNICEF), as well as dance and orchestral collaborations, free open-air lunchtime performances across the Blackwater Valley.

Delicious dining and hospitality at the festival includes formal dinner options and gourmet picnics by Eunice Power; chef Colin Hennessy; and lunch at The Saucy Hen in Villierstown.

 Festival tickets are now available for purchase through

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