Summer Opera Festival raises €7,312 for UNICEF Ireland

L-R: Eamonn Carroll, Festival Director; Giancarla Alen-Buckley, Board Member; Michael Alen-Buckley, Board Chairman and Áine McKeown Business Development Officer, UNICEF Ireland. (Picture: Patrick Browne)

UNICEF Ireland was presented with a cheque for €7,312.85 by members of Blackwater Valley Opera Festival at Lismore Castle, Co Waterford last week.

All ticket proceeds were from the BVOF Voices of Ukraine recital in Dromore Yard, at this year’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.

The BVOF Voices of Ukraine event at Dromore Yard featured internationally acclaimed Ukrainian artists, soprano Ruslana Koval, baritone Stanislav Kuflyuk and pianist Iryna Krasnovska.

Over 4,000 festival followers flocked to Lismore from all over Ireland and the world, experiencing 19 events over seven days, which gave the region an enormous boost and generated a significant economic impact across the local and regional economy.

Thousands of visitors also enjoyed the free lunchtime open-air lunchtime recitals in Youghal, Fermoy, Lismore and Dungarvan; schools night at the opera – a free, full scale dress rehearsal production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in the grounds of Lismore Castle, Co Waterford; as well as classical music concerts and recitals throughout Waterford and Cork.

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival, joyfully engaging audiences through a creative and imaginative programme of opera and classical music in the beautiful Blackwater Valley.

The festival showcases emerging Irish talent alongside established international artists and delivers memorable and inspirational experiences which enrich the cultural life of the region.