bvof in zurich

BVOF in Zurich – A celebration of Ireland and Switzerland

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in association with Stonehage Fleming, Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn and the Embassy of Ireland, Switzerland hosted a celebration of the vibrant artistic, music and cultural links between Ireland and Switzerland – at the Widder Hotel, Zürich with post-recital reception with Apéro-Riche sponsored by Stonehage Fleming.
BVOF in Zurich was hosted by Dieter Kaegi (Artistic Director TOBS and BVOF) with Patrick Howett (Chair, BVOF) and guest of honour, H.E. Ambassador Aoife McGarry, followed by conversation with author Clare O’Dea.  The joint BVOF/ TOBS recital featured John Porter (tenor), Felix Gygli (baritone), Anna Beatriz Gomes (soprano), Niamh O’Sullivan (mezzo-soprano), Bríona Mannion (violin) and Riccardo Fiscato (piano).

This unique musical event featured the following repertoire:-

John Porter (tenor)

– Here I stand (Rake’s Progress / Igor Stravinsky )

– On the Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady / Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe)

Anna Beatrix Gomes (soprano)

– I Would Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady / Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe)

– Glitter and Be Gay (Candide / Leonard Bernstein)


Bríona Mannion (violin) & Riccardo Fiscato (piano)

– Introduction and Rondo Cappricioso in A minor (Camille Saint-Saëns)


Felix Gygli (baritone)

– O du, mein holder Abendstern (Tannhäuser/ Richard Wagner)

– Hai già vinta la causa!

(Le Nozze di Figaro / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)


Anna Beatrix Gomez & Felix Gygli

– Là ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)


Niamh O’Sullivan (mezzo-soprano)

– Habanera (Carmen / Georges Bizet)

– Ich lad mir gerne Gäste ein (Die Fledermaus / Johann Strauss)


Briona Mannion

– Traditional Irish


John Porter

– Macushla (Dermot MacMurrough)