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★★★★★ ‘exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film … extraordinary … thrilling’ – The Guardian


Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera

present the world premiere of

The Second Violinist
a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh

What does he do when he goes home?

Following the sensational success of their first opera, The Last Hotel, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh join forces once again on an explosive new production.

One of Ireland’s leading actors, Aaron Monaghan, plays the second violinist.  He is joined by singers Máire Flavin, Sharon Carty and Benedict Nelson. Ryan McAdams conducts the 16-strong Chorus of Wide Open Opera, and Crash Ensemble, the group founded by Dennehy and described by the New York Times as ‘the Irish new-music band that plays with the energy and spirit of a rock group’.

Joined by the phenomenal creative team from The Last Hotel, Donnacha Dennehy’s music is infused with lingering echoes of the Renaissance works of Carlo Gesualdo, creating a sonorous backdrop for the haunting orchestrations and pulsating rhythms that drive the opera to its inexorable conclusion.

A search for beauty in a dark, dark world.

‘searingly powerful … devastating … heartbreaking … thrilling … mesmerizing’ – The Guardian on The Last Hotel

The Second Violinist has been awarded the prestigious FEDORA – GENERALI Prize for Opera 2017.  For more details, see here


Landmark Productions / Wide Open Opera (producers)

The Second Violinist is produced by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera. Landmark Productions is one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers, whose recent work includes several productions by Enda Walsh: The Walworth Farce, starring Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson; the world premiere of The Last Hotel, in a co-production with Wide Open Opera; and the multi award-winning musical Once. Its award-winning co-productions with Galway International Arts Festival include the world premieres of Walsh’s ArlingtonBallyturk and Misterman. 

Wide Open Opera is one of Ireland’s most dynamic opera producers. Founded in 2012, the company has developed a reputation for large scale productions of major repertoire (Tristan und Isolde, Nixon in China) showcasing major Irish operatic talent (singers Tara Erraught and Claudia Boyle) as well as an energetic focus on new works including The Importance of Being Earnest (Gerald Barry) and The Last Hotel (Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh).  WOO’s productions of The Last Hotel (2015) – a co-production with Landmark Productions – and The Barber of Seville (2016) were both awarded the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for Best Opera Production.

Landmark Productions
Producer: Anne Clarke / anneclarke@landmarkproductions.ie

Wide Open Opera
Artistic Director: Fergus Sheil / info@wideopenopera.com