OPERA 2023 – Macbeth


Macbeth Lismore CastleBook opera tickets for 2023 at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival returns with Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth from 29 May – 5 June in the magnificent grounds of Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford.

Starring the legendary baritone Leonardo Galeazzi (BVOF 2016 Così fan tutte and 2021 Gianni Schicchi), and the exceptional Vittorio Vitelli, alternating as Macbeth; Serenad Burcu Uyar as the fiendish Lady Macbeth, and world-renowned bass Goran Jurić as Banco.

The all-star supporting cast includes BVOF bursary winners John Porter and Rory Dunne, Emily Hogarty and Andrew Gavin. Macbeth’s creative team features the hugely talented young Irish conductor Killian Farrell, who is back with BVOF to conduct a unique score of unforgettable melodies and powerful chorus music in collaboration with the magnificent Irish Chamber Orchestra.

BVOF is thrilled to welcome the esteemed Irish theatre and opera director, Sarah Baxter for 2023; and the brilliant Francis O’Connor – award winning set and costume designer.

The first genuine masterpiece of Giuseppe Verdi’s career – and first of his three Shakespearean operas; Macbeth is a political thriller full of intrigues, murders, and passion. Verdi created this stunning musical portrait of opera’s most power-hungry couple with wonderful, unforgettable arias.

Four evening performances of this year’s opera – our headline festival event, will take place in the grounds Lismore Castle, with an additional performance of a Dress Rehearsal for Schools on Monday 29 May.

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

DATE & TIME: Weds 31 May, Fri 2, Sat 3, Sun 4 June at 8pm

(Dress Rehearsal for Schools – Mon 29 May at 8pm)

VENUE: Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

TICKET PRICES: €75 – €220

MUSICGiuseppe Verdi

Libretto: Ranieri de’ Calzabigi TBC

Language: Sung in Italian, with English surtitles

Duration: The performance will last for 3 hours including a 40 minute interval after Act 2

2023 Cast & Creative Team


Macbeth Cast

Macbeth: Leonardo Galeazzi / Vittorio Vitelli

Lady Macbeth: Serenad Burcu Uyar

Banco: Goran Jurić

Macduff: John Porter

Malcolm: Andrew Gavin

Doctor /Servant : Rory Dunne

Lady in Waiting: Emily Hogarty

Herald | Messenger: Fionn Ó hAlmhain

Duncan: Philip McCloskey

Chorus: BVOF Chorus

Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra


Creative Team

Director: Sarah Baxter

Conductor: Killian Farrell

Artistic Director: Dieter Kaegi

Set & Costume Design: Francis O’Connor

Lighting Design: Eamon Fox