Opera Night with Paul Herriott
Donnacha Dennehy's The Second Violinist. Listen to the live performance recorded at this year's Galway International Arts Festival.
Following the sensational success of their first opera, The Last Hotel, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh collaborate once again on an explosive new production. One of Ireland's leading actors, Aaron Monaghan, plays The Second Violinist. Ryan McAdams conducts the 16-strong Chorus of Wide Open Opera, and Crash Ensemble the group founded by Dennehy and described by the New York Times as 'the Irish new-music band that plays with the energy and spirit of a rock group'. Joined by the phenomenal creative team from The Last Hotel, Donnacha Dennehy's music is infused with lingering echoes of the Renaissance works of Carlo Gesualdo, creating a sonorous backdrop for the haunting orchestrations and pulsating rhythms that drive the opera to its inexorable conclusion.