Dutch National Opera presents

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

This show was to been seen in March 2019

Modern opera about obsession

Duration 1:10

Breaks 0

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

Killian Farrell
Stage Director and Librettist
Enda Walsh
Set Designer
Jamie Vartan
Lighting Designer
Adam Silverman
Video Designer
Jack Phelan
Sound Designers
David Sheppard
Helen Atkinson
Costume Designer
Joan O’Clery
Crash Ensemble
Irish National Opera Chorus
Aaron Monaghan
Daire Halpin
Sharon Carty
Benedict Nelson

Enda Walsh

Stage director and librettist

ENDA WALSH (libretto and director) is an Irish playwrighter and director.

Donnacha Dennehy


The work of the Irish composer DONNACHA DENNEHY (composition) has been performed all over the world.

This production is part of Opera Forward Festival and is made possible by:

Founding Partners Opera Forward Festival

Productiepartner Opera Forward Festival

Partners Opera Forward Festival

Jonge Musici Fonds, Mimi Cohen-Trijbits Fonds, Jade Fonds

Hoofdsponsor Nationale Opera & Ballet

    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.”