Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 2024 – G.F. Handel GIULIO CESARE

27th May - 4th Jun 2024
Lismore, Dungarvan, Youghal

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is delighted to reveal its 2024 opera, the fabulous Giulio Cesare by G.F. Handel. 


This is one of Handel’s greatest Italian operas, and is now one of the most performed Baroque operas in the repertoire.

Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival will return from 27 May – 3 June 2024 with four performances of G.F. Handel’s GIULIO CESARE in the grounds of Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford. This headline opera will feature the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the BVOF Chorus, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, directed by Tom Creed, with Set & Light Design by Aedín Cosgrove and Costume Design by Catherine Fay. The GIULIO CESARE cast will include Ingeborg Bröcheler, Anna Devin, Nils Wanderer, Carolyn Holt, Sharon Carty, Dean Murphy, Iestyn Morris and Fionn Ó hAlmhain.

Experience an exhilarating week of opera, classical music recitals and concerts, schools and free events, pop up events, dining and more at incredible homes and historic venues throughout the Blackwater Valley. Dromore Yard Concerts will feature Of Emperors, Kings and Queens with Serenad Uyar, Leonardo Galeazzi, and Dearbhla Collins; Clara Haskil Piano Competition presented by Finghin Collins; and our festival finale will be an Antonio Vivaldi Concert with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan.

Free BVOF Open Air Lunchtime Recitals will bring the magic of Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival to local communities in Lismore and Dungarvan, Waterford; Youghal, and Castlemartyr in Cork for the very first time. 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; RDS Collins Memorial Bursary; Irish Songmakers Recital; Irish Heritage Bursary; RIAM Next Generation; BVOF Bursary Recital and BVOF Chorus Recital 2024.

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