• September 2018
  • London

The Second Violinist

“exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film… extraordinary…thrilling.” - The Guardian

Sung in English with English surtitles

A CO-PRODUCTION WITH LANDMARK PRODUCTIONS
WINNER OF THE FEDORA – GENERALI PRIZE FOR OPERA 2017

A dazzling modern opera that tells the foreboding story of a life falling apart, The Second Violinist unfolds like an unnerving thriller driven along by a haunting and compulsive score.

Martin, an orchestral violinist, is consumed by social media platforms, morbid fantasies and violent video games. Seeking solace in the music of Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, his inner turmoil becomes ever more apparent as he searches for beauty in a dark, dark world.

“Monaghan’s Martin is compellingly realized in a riveting physical performance. Sharon Carty as the conflicted wife Amy, Máire Flavin as her free spirited, former college lover Hannah, and Benedict Nelson as the murderous husband Matthew, are each superb” - The Arts Review
“It’s as exciting to see the vigour of the orchestra pit, particularly in the string section. There the violinists play nimbly, frantically and,refreshingly, with visible pleasure” - The Irish Times

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Cast & Creative Team

Cast

Martin Aaron Monaghan
Hannah Máire Flavin
Amy Sharon Carty
Matthew Benedict Nelson

Creative Team

Composer Donnacha Dennehy
Conductor Ryan McAdams
Director Enda Walsh
Set Designer Jamie Vartan
Costume Designer Joan O’Clery
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Video Designer Jack Phelan
Sound Designer David Sheppard
Sound Designer Helen Atkinson
Irish National Opera Chorus Crash Ensemble