Dutch National Opera presents

The second violinist Donnacha Dennehy (1970) & Enda Walsh (1967)

Modern opera about obsession

A sensational modern opera, The Second Violinist is a brooding thriller electrified by an otherworldly, almost compulsive score. This is the result of an artistic partnership between world-renowned Irish playwright Enda Walsh – co-author of Bowie’s musical Lazarus – and composer Donnacha Dennehy.

Solace in music

The Second Violinist is about an ordinary person whose life is ruled by social media, morbid fantasies and violent video games. Seeking solace and beauty in a grim world, the violin player turns to the music of Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, only to have it become an obsession. The Second Violinist won the prestigious FEDORA–GENERALI award in 2017.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Musical Director
Ryan McAdams
Stage Director
Enda Walsh
Set
Jamie Vartan
Light
Adam Silverman
Video
Jack Phelan
Sound design
David Sheppard
Helen Atkinson
Costumes
Joan O’Clery
Orchestra
Crash Ensemble
Chorus
Irish National Opera Chorus
    Mon 16 Apr The Guardian - The Second Violinist*****(2017)

    “Fairytale opera is dark but dazzles.” "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.”