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December 2022

A grand finale for 2022 at The Princess Grace Irish Library

Ireland's Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF) wooed a special audience in the Principality of Monaco with a recital ‘Joyce in music’ on the evening of 16th December 2022.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and guests enjoyed a superb fusion of spoken word and music, honouring James Joyce’s literary legacy and passion for music, performed by some of Ireland's brightest and most outstanding young musicians from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Watch the short TV coverage of this event below.

About BVOF

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 in County Waterford at Lismore Castle, delivering memorable and inspirational experiences, which enrich the cultural life of the region. 


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The event in Monaco was made possible with the generous support of Stonehage Fleming and Culture Ireland

Featured from left to right:

Michael Solomon, Non-Executive Director, Stonehage Fleming Monaco, Dieter Kaegi, Co-founder and Artistic Director Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF), Eamonn Carroll, Director Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF), Helen Westbrook, Office Manager and Private Client Administrator, Stonehage Fleming Monaco, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Andrew Clarke, Group Head of Business Development, Stonehage Fleming and Grant Rogerson, Partner - Family Office Stonehage Fleming

About the event sponsor

Stonehage Fleming is one of the world’s leading independently owned multi-family offices and the largest in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), as measured by its breadth of services, geographic reach and by assets under management, advice and administration.

Stonehage Fleming provides a range of services from long-term strategic planning and investments to day-to-day advice and administration to the world’s leading families and wealth creators. The Group advises on over GBP60bn (USD75bn) of assets and includes an investment business with more than GBP16bn (USD20bn) under management for families and charities. Stonehage Fleming is c.50% owned by management and staff. The Group employs over 900 people in 14 locations around the world.


Thank you to 'Stonehage Fleming' and 'Culture Ireland' for their generous support for this event.

Featured from right to left Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF) from Ireland:

Caroline Behan – Soprano, Andrew Gavin – Tenor, Maire Carroll – Pianist, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Barry McGovern – Actor, Eamonn Carroll, Director Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF), Dieter Kaegi, BVOF Co-founder and Artistic Director

Peter Murphy ,Princess Grace Irish Library Trustee and retired career diplomat welcomes the Prince and special guests to the library for the recital by the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

A festive gift of two special edition bottles of Waterford Whisky being presented to H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco at the Princess Grace Irish Library

All photos © Palais princier / Gaëtan Luci

Our thanks for the evening’s reception sponsored by: 

Waterford Whisky


La Distillerie de Monaco

Actor Barry McGovern enjoys perusing James Joyce's first edition of Ulysses at the Princess Grace Irish Library before the event when he read extracts from it. 

Photo credit : Paula Farquharson

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