Blackwater adds to Irish opera’s exciting progress

Blackwater adds to Irish opera’s exciting progress
Rossini’s l’Italiana in Algieri, starring Dublin mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly, will be performed at the the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

The icing on the cake has to be the arrival of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, formerly Lismore Opera, now boosted by hefty financial backing that has injected not just lots of funding, but also vision and ambition not previously possible

Ireland’s opera scene has been in galloping form over the past year. There was the recent launch of the long-awaited Irish National Opera; contemporary works by Irish composers have won major international awards and Irish-trained singers are increasingly employed for major roles in some of the most famous opera houses on the planet.

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