Category: Press


Enda Walsh and Aaron Monaghan – Marty in the morning

Enda Walsh and Aaron Monaghan pop into the Lyric FM to speak to Marty Whelan ahead of the opening of The Second Violinist at the O’Reilly Theatre. Listen in here from 2h37mins.

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Review – The Arts Review

***** scintillating Death or Resurrection If not strictly required, knowing something of the life and music of Renaissance composer, Carlo Gesualdo, most certainly helps deepen an appreciation of Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy’s scintillating opera, “The Second Violinist.” An intriguing figure,…

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Review – The Guardian

★★★★★ ‘exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film … extraordinary …. thrilling’  Enda Walsh’s fairytale opera is dark but dazzles Playwright Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy’s exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film is a study in heartbreak with a hint…

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Review – Exeunt

How do you heal from heartbreak? There’s no easy answer in Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s thrilling new opera which follows Martin, a mute violinist (Aaron Monaghan), coming and going from his apartment. Dodging phone calls by family and colleagues,…

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Review – The Irish Times

An extraordinary modern opera  ★★★★ A lonely life is subsumed into this collaboration between Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh   Early in composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer Enda Walsh’s second collaboration on an opera, for Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera,…

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Review – Irish Examiner

★★★★★ Following 2015’s The Last Hotel, The Second Violinist is Enda Walsh’s second opera, but here — through the brilliant use of set design and mixed media — he has bent the form to his will. Once again, the show — a…

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Aaron Monaghan: Fighting talk and picking parts

Motivated partly by mischief, actor Rory Nolan began asking an interesting question recently of one of his frequent collaborators: “What’s the best work you’ve ever done?” Quietly spoken, thoughtful and unaffectedly modest, Aaron Monaghan seems like one of the least…

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Donnacha Dennehy in The Sunday Times

Donnacha Dennehy speaks to The Sunday Times’ Mel Clarke ahead of The Second Violinist at Galway International Arts Festival. Read the full article here. 

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Enda Walsh – Ian Dempsey Show

Enda Walsh speaks to Ian Dempsey. Listen in here (choose 28th July, about 1h 40min)    

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Donnacha Dennehy in the Irish Examiner

Irish composer welcomes world premiere of prize-winning opera Composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright Enda Walsh team up again in staging a new operatic work. Receiving its world premiere at the Galway Arts Festival, winner of the Fedora-Generali Prize for new…

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