Saturday 3rd June 2023 at 4pm

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Yeats in Music Recital

in collaboration with

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM)

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

Hear selected texts of William Butler Yeats: poet, dramatist, writer - one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature and one of the founders of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre at 4pm on Saturday 3rd June, 2023.

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 will be performed at St Carthage's Cathedral, in the historic town of Lismore, Co. Waterford - on the banks of the River Blackwater. Tickets €25 available online at

The recital takes place during the annual Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF).


Ireland's Summer Opera Festival will be alive with opera, concerts, recitals and free events from 29 May - 05 June 2023. Experience Irish artists and international performers at the most stunning locations and beautiful venues in Waterford and Cork. With more than 4,500 visitors expected , experience classical music and opera performances– with 21 events at 12 venues over eight days.

The feature of this year’s festival will be four evening performances of the opera Macbeth, by Giuseppe Verdi, in the grounds of Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford - in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East region.

BVOF Concerts at the quirky Dromore Yard, will welcome Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy with the Irish Baroque Orchestra & Peter Whelan; Nadège Rochat and Judith Jáuregui on cello and piano and acclaimed English tenor, Ian Bostridge. Pre-book formal dining at Lismore Castle by the award-winning chef Eunice Power, and gourmet table picnics by local artisan food company, Eamo & Ró.

The programme for all opera and recital perfomances can be found HERE


Book tickets HERE

DATE & TIME: Saturday 3 June at 4pm

VENUE: St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland

TICKET PRICES: €25 / Limited Free Concession Tickets

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.

Book tickets HERE

The 'Yeats in Music' recital will feature an incredible line up including mezzo-soprano Anna-Helena Maclachlan, tenor Andrew Gavin, pianist Maire Carroll and will be narrated by Barry McGovern (pictured above). Hear selected texts of William Butler Yeats in this fusion of poetry and music delivered by some of Ireland's brightest and most outstanding young musicians.

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