Waterford Whisky Announced As Summer Opera Festival Partner

By Dave Simpson
Waterford Whisky Announced As Summer Opera Festival Partner

Waterford Distillery has announced its involvement as drinks partner for the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF).


BVOF festival director Eamonn Carroll said, “It is my pleasure to announce that Blackwater Valley Opera Festival has teamed up with Waterford Whisky as hospitality partner for 2023. This partnership reflects our joint approach to supporting Irish industry and the arts, encouraging and nurturing young artists to break into opera and the performing arts, both at home and internationally.”

Carroll added, “The Waterford Whisky brand delivers a story which echoes with our festival heritage, firmly rooted in the soil of the Déise and Ireland’s Ancient East.”

With more than 4,500 visitors expected to attend, the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival will welcome 103 artists and 98 volunteers, present 65+ hours of music, deliver education outreach to an estimated 2,500 local students, and be supported by 100 friends of BVOF and 25 sponsors, funders and partners.

Commenting, Brian O’Flynn, head of Ireland’s Ancient East, said, “This spectacular arts-and-culture summer opera festival has developed its own distinctive voice within the opera and classical music world, bringing fresh vision and focus to Waterford tourism and Ireland’s Ancient East.”


Tickets, Dates And Additional Statements

From big tickets to free tickets, Ireland’s Summer Opera Festival will see 21 events taking place at 12 venues over eight days, from 29 May to 5 June 2023.

Waterford Whisky head distiller Ned Gahan said, “We’re very pleased to be the drinks partners of what has become an iconic event, leaving its mark on the opera scene. […] Not only are the kinds of visitors to the opera our kind of drinkers – curious and open-minded – but we’ve been quietly making whiskey for so long that we felt it the right time to let people know that there’s a distillery here that’s been making headlines around the world.”

Gahan added, “We’ve got plenty of naturally flavoursome whiskey to share with opera lovers. Hopefully, folk might even think my voice is good enough for the stage – as an extra, at least!”

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