The Second Violinist

“From the exhilarating score, lyrical singing, and dazzlingly intricate design, this is a work that needs to be seen more than once in order to absorb the rich detail…it soars.”

The Guardian (UK)

“Brilliant…all of the performances are perfectly judged…a stimulating and provocative thrill-ride.”

The Irish Examiner

Winner of Best Opera at The Irish Times Theatre Awards and the 2017 Fedora Generali Award for Opera, The Second Violinist depicts parallel lives in a brooding thriller with an otherworldly, almost compulsive score. Composed by Donnacha Dennehy, directed and written by Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh, and conducted by Ryan McAdams, this technological dreamscape uses film, music, sound, and LED projections to invoke a sensorial and psychological dark drama. Ireland’s Crash Ensemble and the Irish National Opera Chorus join the four-person cast, as the past, present, and future collide in an unsettling climax. Marking Dennehy and Walsh’s second collaboration (previously, The Last Hotel, 2015), the opera tells the story of a life falling apart and unfolds like an unnerving page-turner. Martin, an orchestral violinist, is consumed by social media platforms, morbid fantasies, and violent video games. Seeking solace in the 16th-century chromatic melodies of tortured Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, his inner turmoil becomes ever more apparent as he searches for beauty in a dark world.

Artist Talk: The Second Violinist
Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 6:30pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

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North American Premiere
A Landmark Productions and Irish National Opera Production in Association with Park Avenue Armory

Donnacha Dennehy, Composer
Enda Walsh, Writer and Director
Ryan McAdams, Conductor
Jamie Vartan, Set Design
Adam Silverman, Lighting
Jack Phelan, Video
David Sheppard and Helen Atkinson, Sound Design
Joan O’Clery, Costume Design
Crash Ensemble, Orchestra
Featuring Sharon Carty, Máire Flavin, Aaron Monaghan, and Benedict Nelson


Image: Photo by Tonnie van Gessel

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September 25–29, 2020

Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm
Monday and Tuesday at 7:30pm
Tickets start at $45 (plus fees)

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

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This performance is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with no intermission.

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