Recital Performances

Recitals 2024 – Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival

Our 2024 Recitals Series will take place at Salterbridge House, St Carthage’s Cathedral, Villierstown Church, Tourin House, and Woodhouse Estate Stradbally. These recitals will include Handel and Haydn – English Songbook; Irish Melodies – with music by Ina Boyle; Irish Writers’ Series: Wilde in Music; Irish Salon Opera Series: La Zingarella by John Kelly; RDS Collins Memorial Bursary; Irish Songmakers Recital; Irish Heritage Bursary; RIAM John Pollard Recital; BVOF Bursary Recital, and BVOF Chorus Recital 2024.

Our programme of open air lunchtime recitals are extended free of charge for local communities in the towns of Lismore, Dungarvan, Youghal, and Castlemartyr.

BVOF Open Air Lunchtime Recitals
Macbeth Lismore CastleThis year, we continue our pop-up programme of free lunchtime festival recitals. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some highlights of the classical and operatic repertoire in a less formal way.

We present these recitals as an opportunity to enjoy a flavour of the festival with some beautiful music, at outdoor settings around the Blackwater Valley, with classical and opera highlights performed by members of the BVOF Chorus.

To celebrate our 2024 festival, we are continuing to offer our free BVOF Open Air Lunchtime Recitals across both Cork and Waterford counties – into Youghal, Castlemartyr, Lismore and Dungarvan.

Attendance is free of charge however pre-booking is essential and required in advance.

The BVOF Open Air Lunchtime Recitals are kindly supported by both Cork County Council and Waterford City and County Council.

DATES & TIMES:

LISMORE: Millennium Park – Tuesday 28th May at 12 noon

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DUNGARVAN: Walton Park – Friday 31st May at 12 noon

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YOUGHAL: Green Park – Saturday 1st June at 12 noon

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CASTLEMARTYR: Castlemartyr Resort – Sunday 2nd June at 12 noon

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Handel and Haydn – English Songbook - Tuesday 28th May

Dean Power – tenor, Anna-Helena Maclachlan – mezzo-soprano, Frasier Hickland – piano.

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival returns to St Mary’s Collegiate Church in Youghal for the 2024 festival.  Nestled within the protective arms of Youghal Town Walls in the Raleigh Quarter, this large medieval parish church can claim to be the oldest church in Ireland with continuous worship since the 13th century.

Limited concession tickets available for senior citizens, full-time students, unwaged and disabled visitors.
Maximum 2 tickets per customer account. Proof of eligibility required. T&Cs apply.

DATES & TIME:  Tuesday 28th May at 7pm

VENUE: St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal

ARTISTS:Dean Power – tenor | Anna-Helena Maclachlan – mezzo-soprano | Frasier Hickland – piano.

TICKET PRICES: €25 / €10 Concessions. Unallocated seating. (Ticket price excludes €3.50 booking fee per order)

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BVOF Bursary Recital - Wednesday 29th May

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We are delighted to welcome 2024 BVOF Bursary winners, mezzo-soprano Anna-Helena Maclachlan and pianist Frasier Hickland to perform at Tourin House, as part of this year’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. The Blackwater Valley Festival Opera Bursary was established in 2020 and this annual €10,000 award was founded with the support of a private donor. Bursary winners are selected by BVOF Artistic Director, Dieter Kaegi and encouraged to use the funding to further their musical education and performing ability.

The recital will be held in the delightful surrounds of Tourin House and gardens, Cappoquin. The main house at Tourin was built in 1840 by renowned Dublin architect Abraham Denny, who designed other distinguished and public buildings in County Waterford. Tourin Gardens extend over five acres, and includes a walled garden, vibrant flower collections, rare and mature trees, woodland path walks to Tourin Quay and a pond with wild duck and other wildlife.  Overlooking the River Blackwater, the original 16th century Tower House still stands and can be seen from the garden.

DATE & TIME: Wednesday 29th May at 3pm

VENUE: Tourin House Waterford

ARTISTS: Anna-Helena Maclachlan – mezzo-soprano | Frasier Hickland – piano

TICKET PRICES: €25. Unallocated seating  (Ticket price excludes €3.50 booking fee per order)

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BVOF Chorus Recital - Thursday 30th May

Macbeth Lismore CastleMembers of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Chorus will return to Villierstown Church for this popular event as part of the 2024 festival.

An attractive landmark in the West Waterford village, the church was built in 1748 and is now a thriving, arts, entertainment, and community venue.

Some of Ireland’s most talented emerging voices will appear at this stunning venue, performing arias, duets, and ensembles from some of the world’s best-loved operas. Full programme details to be announced. Featuring members of the BVOF Chorus 2024 and Frasier Hickland – piano.

Limited concession tickets available for senior citizens, full-time students, unwaged and disabled visitors. Maximum 2 tickets per customer account. Proof of eligibility required. T&Cs apply.

DATE & TIME: Thursday 30th May at 1pm

VENUE: Villierstown Church, Ballingowan West

ARTISTS: Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Chorus | Frasier Hickland – piano.

TICKET PRICES: €25 / €10 Concessions. Unallocated seating. (Ticket price excludes €3.50 booking fee per order)

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Irish Melodies - Thursday 30th May

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Music by Ina Boyle, Rhoda Coghill, and Elizabeth Maconchy. With Laura Aherne – soprano, Stephen Walker – tenor, Georgina Cassidy – piano, Frasier Hickland – piano

DATE & TIME: Thursday 30th May at 4pm

VENUE: Villierstown Church, Ballingowan West

ARTISTS: Laura Aherne – soprano | Stephen Walker – tenor | Georgina Cassidy – piano | Frasier Hickland – piano

TICKET PRICES: €25. Unallocated seating. (Ticket price excludes €3.50 booking fee per order)

 

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Irish Heritage Recital - Friday 31st May

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Featuring the 2024 Irish Heritage Bursary winners. In 2017, Irish Heritage and BVOF established a collaboration to enhance the benefits of the former’s annual Music Bursary with the inauguration of the Irish Heritage Award. The recipients of this award are the winner and runner-up of the Irish Heritage Bursary auditions.

Details of the 2024 winners will be announced in February 2024.

This award is made possible by the generous support of Michael and Gianni Alen-Buckley.

DATE & TIME: Friday 31st May at 1pm

VENUE: Salterbridge House, Cappoquin

ARTISTS: 2024 Bursary winners

TICKET PRICES: €25. Unallocated seating. (Ticket price excludes €3.50 booking fee per order)

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RIAM John Pollard Recital - Friday 31st May

Featuring 2024 BVOF | RIAM John Pollard Bursary Winners: Rory Lynch – tenor and Sean Tester – tenor, accompanied by 2023 Bursary recipient, Ella Nagy – piano.

DATE & TIME: Friday 31st May at 4pm

VENUE: Salterbridge House, Cappoquin

ARTISTS: Rory Lynch – tenor | Sean Tester – tenor | Ella Nagy – piano.

TICKET PRICES: €25 (Ticket price excludes €3.50 booking fee per order)

 

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Irish Salon Opera Series: La Zingarella by Joseph O'Kelly - Saturday 1st June

Macbeth Lismore CastleDean Power – tenor, Kelli-Ann Masterson – soprano, Frasier Hickland – piano, Amy Gillen – flute, and Emma Power – spoken word.

DATE & TIME: Saturday 1st June at 1pm

VENUE: St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore

ARTISTS:  Dean Power – tenor| Kelli-Ann Masterson – soprano | Frasier Hickland – piano| Amy Gillen – flute | Emma Power – spoken word.

TICKET PRICES€25. Unallocated seating. (Ticket price excludes €3.50 booking fee per order)

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Irish Writers’ Series: Wilde in Music - Saturday 1st June

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Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is delighted to partner with the Princess Grace Irish Library in the principality of Monaco, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music for this unique cultural event, honouring Ireland’s literary history.

Hear selected texts of Oscar Wilde: Irish poet, playwright, author – as part of the BVOF Irish Writers’ Series.

A fusion of poetry and music, delivered by some of Ireland’s brightest and most outstanding young musicians from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco – under the aegis of the Fondation Princesse Grace.

joyce in music Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco - under the aegis of the Fondation Princesse Grace

Limited concession tickets available for senior citizens, full-time students, unwaged and disabled visitors. Maximum 2 tickets per customer account. Proof of eligibility required. T&Cs apply.

DATE & TIME: Saturday 1st June at 4pm

VENUE: St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore

ARTISTS: To be confirmed

TICKET PRICES: €25 / Limited Free Concession Tickets. Unallocated seating. (Ticket price excludes €3.50 booking fee per order)
 
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RDS Collins Memorial Recital - Sunday 2nd June

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Aidan Chan – piano, Dean Murphy – baritone.

This award is a performance award exclusively for past RDS Music Bursary winners. Created in 2017 thanks to the support of Michael and Loret O’Brien, the RDS Collins Memorial Performance Award is in association with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.

 

Limited concession tickets available for senior citizens, full-time students, unwaged and disabled visitors.
Maximum 2 tickets per customer account. Proof of eligibility required. T&Cs apply.

DATE & TIME: Sunday 2nd June at 1pm

VENUE: St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore

ARTISTS: Aidan Chan – piano | Dean Murphy – baritone.

TICKET PRICES: €25 / Limited Free Concession Tickets. Unallocated seating. (Ticket price excludes €3.50 booking fee per order)

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After Stanford: Irish Song Legacy - Monday 3rd June

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Sarah Richmond – mezzo-soprano, Niall Kinsella – piano.

Irish Songmakers recital commemorating 100 years since the passing of Charles Villiers Stanford.

Pianist Niall Kinsella has fast established himself as one of Ireland’s most exciting and sought-after accompanists and art-song specialists – described by BBC Music Magazine as “a meticulous collaborator”.

 

 

DATE & TIME: Monday 3rd June at 3pm

VENUE: Woodhouse Estate, Stradbally

ARTISTS: Sarah Richmond – mezzo-soprano | Niall Kinsella – piano .

TICKET PRICES: €25. Unallocated seating (Ticket price excludes €3.50 booking fee per order)

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