festival 2021 blackwater valley opera festival

2021 Festival Draws to a Close

With the festival coming to a close we would like to share some of the highlights that made BVOF 2021 a festival to remember. At the start of the year we were unsure if a festival was even possible. However, we succeeded in producing 5 days of events jam packed with opera, concerts, recitals, outreach initiates and dining experiences.

One of the festival highlights was our production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Director Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau and conductor Darren Hargan brought this comedic masterpiece to life in Lismore Castle Stable Yard, with a cast of outstanding Irish and international artists. We have plenty of photographs from the production on our Facebook Page or check out our Instagram Reel to get a real feel for the fun of the production.

Another great success for the festival was the inclusion of BVOF Open Air into our programme. The three recitals in Lismore, Dungarvan and Youghal all sold out, with local schools and community groups joining in and experiencing the magic of the festival in a less formal way. We were also delighted to be able to provide Baldwins ice-cream to the children in attendance. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to our cast, orchestra, creative team, festival team, production team, volunteers, partners, sponsors, local heroes, friends and everyone who made the festival not only possible, but an incredible success. A final thank you goes to our audience for making BVOF 2021 a festival not to be forgotten. We hope to see you all again in 2022!