• March 2019
  • Amsterdam

The Second Violinist

Sung in English with English surtitles

Duration: 1hr 15mins (no interval)

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

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 realised in a riveting physical performance. Sharon Carty as the conflicted wife Amy...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
“Innovating and absorbing” - The Stage

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

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Cast & Creative Team

Martin Aaron Monaghan
Hannah Daire Halpin
Amy Sharon Carty
Matthew Benedict Nelson

Creative Team

Composer Donnacha Dennehy
Writer & Director Enda Walsh
Associate Director Eoghan Carrick
Conductor Killian Farrell
Assistant Conductor Sinead Hayes
Set Designer Jamie Vartan
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Video Designer Jack Phelan
Sound Designer David Sheppard
Sound Designer Helen Atkinson
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Irish National Opera Chorus
Crash Ensemble

Media Gallery

Performance History

Galway International Arts Festival July 2017

Dublin Theatre Festival October 2017

Barbican, London, Sept 2018

Opera Forward Festival, Amsterdam, March 2019

Videos

The Second Violinist

The Second Violinist