The O'Reilly Theatre

The Second Violinist


The O'Reilly Theatre,
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Monday, 2 October 2017 to Sunday, 8 October 2017


Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera present The Second Violinist by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh Directed by Enda Walsh

Following the sensational success of their first opera, The Last Hotel, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh join forces once again on an explosive new production.

One of Ireland’s leading actors, Aaron Monaghan, plays The Second Violinist. He is joined by singers MaÅLire Flavin, Sharon Carty and Benedict Nelson, together with a 16–strong chorus, 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. A search for beauty in a dark, dark world.

Backstage at the Festival 26 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Dr. Ian R. Walsh, NUI Galway

‘searingly powerful …devastating …heartbreaking …thrilling …mesmerizing’’ THE GUARDIAN (ON THE LAST HOTEL)

 

DATE & TIME: 26-30 July 7pm, Matinee 29 July, 2pm, No show 28 July

TICKETS €32–€40

VENUE Black Box Theatre

PHOTO: HUGH O’CONOR

The Last Hotel: The Dublin Theatre Festival


The O'Reilly Theatre,
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Sunday, 27 September 2015 to Saturday, 3 October 2015


'The sheer range of Dennehy’s music is hugely impressive.' - The Guardian

'One of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre.' - The Guardian on Enda Walsh

The Last Hotel unites two of Ireland’s most fascinating artists, one of the most thrilling writers of our generation Enda Walsh (Once, The Walworth Farce, Ballyturk), and internationally acclaimed composer Donnacha Dennehy, in a new opera about life, death, duty and guilt.

As the opera begins, a man silently mops the floor – the water bloody. The hotel room he’s supposed to be preparing is not ready yet. A woman is meeting a man and his wife in the hotel’s car park. All three are nervous. Tonight there’ll be a death.

The cast includes baritone Robin Adams, sopranos Claudia Boyle and Katherine Manley and renowned Irish actor Mikel Murfi, with music performed by the 12-piece Crash Ensemble, conducted by Alan Pierson.

This hotly anticipated opera from Landmark Productions (Testament, Howie the Rookie) and Wide Open Opera (Tristan und Isolde, Nixon in China) comes to Dublin on foot of its world premiere at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival.

Contains strong language and material that some may find disturbing.

  • Duration: 80 mins. No interval.
  • Tickets: €30 – €40
  • Talking Theatre: Sept 29, post-show. With members of the company.


World View 1 : UK


The O'Reilly Theatre,
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Friday, 28 November 2008


A concert celebrating new music from the UK, including a new commission by Andrew Poppy, featuring Darragh Morgan on solo violin.

FREE STATE III


The O'Reilly Theatre,
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Thursday, 27 November 2008

our headlights blew softly into the black, illuminating very little

The FREE STATE concert is the third annual showcase of new music from Ireland. This concert is always an adventure of the unexpected, having previously premiered exciting new works by Gerald Barry, Julie Feeney and other unique voices of the new generation.  This year features many vibrant new works, including 3 world premieres (by Andrew Hamilton, John Godfrey and Jonathan Nangle); an Irish premiere of a beautiful new piece by John McLachlan (premiered at the Musica Viva Lisbon festival in September 08) and the winners of our open call for works from young Irish Composers - Sean Clancy and Peter Moran.

Free State is held in association with the Contemporary Music Centre

Tickets now on sale at www.tickets.ie/crashensemble

 

Dublin Dance Festival presents Resist/Surrender


The O'Reilly Theatre,
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Thursday, 1 May 2008


Crash Ensemble will be performing live music by Scott Johnson for New York based Risa Jaroslow's production of Resist/Surrender. 

See HERE for festival information on the show and ticketing information.

Bryars / Rzewski feat. Gavin Friday


The O'Reilly Theatre,
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Thursday, 10 November 2005


Crash performed with guest vocalist, Gavin Friday, and with composer Gavin Bryars in a powerful night of emotive music.

FREE STATE


The O'Reilly Theatre,
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Friday, 10 November 2006


Over two nights at the O’Reilly Theatre, Crash Ensemble, who specialise in multi-media contemporary music, performed BACK TO BACK – a programme of inventive and artistically dynamic music  featuring both Irish and American maverick composers.

(IR)RATIONAL on November 9th saw Crash Ensemble tackle the music of three important American composers -  the late James Tenney,  Tom Johnson and Erik Lund. The second night FREE STATE was dedicated to Irish world premieres and other creative compositions by emerging young Irish artists.

The world premieres of Stephen Gardner’s What Passing Bells and Linda Buckley’s Stratus took centre stage during FREE STATE. This was an exciting evening for new and fresh contemporary music from budding composers in Ireland today. Songstress and composer Julie Feeney also featured as part of FREE STATE performing work especially written for her appearance with Crash Ensemble. Winner of the inaugural Choice Music Prize, Feeney’s debut CD was reviewed by the New York Times as a ‘charming, urbane, dreamy record’.

(IR)RATIONAL


The O'Reilly Theatre,
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Thursday, 9 November 2006


Over two nights at the O’Reilly Theatre, Crash Ensemble, who specialise in multi-media contemporary music, performed BACK TO BACK – a programme of inventive and artistically dynamic music  featuring both Irish and American maverick composers.

(IR)RATIONAL on November 9th saw Crash Ensemble tackle the music of three important American composers -  the late James Tenney,  Tom Johnson and Erik Lund. The second night FREE STATE was dedicated to Irish world premieres and other creative compositions by emerging young Irish artists.

The world premieres of Stephen Gardner’s What Passing Bells and Linda Buckley’s Stratus took centre stage during FREE STATE. This was an exciting evening for new and fresh contemporary music from budding composers in Ireland today. Songstress and composer Julie Feeney also featured as part of FREE STATE performing work especially written for her appearance with Crash Ensemble. Winner of the inaugural Choice Music Prize, Feeney’s debut CD was reviewed by the New York Times as a ‘charming, urbane, dreamy record’.

RTE Living Music Festival 2006 11pm-12am


The O'Reilly Theatre,
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Saturday, 18 February 2006


Crash Ensemble produced and performed three concerts in one ‘marathon’ style event for the LMF celebrating the music of American composer Steve Reich. The concerts were designed to chart the developing style of this unique composer. The range of works programmed as well as the magnitude of the event provided Crash Ensemble with its most challenging undertaking to date involving works as varied as Pendulum Music, Four Organs, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ and City Life. This unique event allowed us to fully tap into the popularity of Reich with audiences and to premiere new Irish work (by Simon O’Connor and Jennifer Walsh) and important European work (Louis Andrieesen) in this context.

RTE Living Music Festival 2006 3pm-5pm


The O'Reilly Theatre,
Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Saturday, 18 February 2006

Music for Mallet Instruments, Voice and Organ

Crash Ensemble produced and performed three concerts in one ‘marathon’ style event for the LMF celebrating the music of American composer Steve Reich. The concerts were designed to chart the developing style of this unique composer. The range of works programmed as well as the magnitude of the event provided Crash Ensemble with its most challenging undertaking to date involving works as varied as Pendulum Music, Four Organs, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ and City Life. This unique event allowed us to fully tap into the popularity of Reich with audiences and to premiere new Irish work (by Simon O’Connor and Jennifer Walsh) and important European work (Louis Andrieesen) in this context.

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