FEDORA
GENERALI
Prize for Opera
Winner 2017

The Second Violinist

Ireland
Wide Open Opera Dublin

The Second Violinist

Presentation

«The opera focuses on the character of the second violinist in an ensemble. We examine this man as he experiences a mental breakdown as a major performance looms. He gets pulled further and further into darkness. The stage will be divided into 3 areas. The orchestra pit – which he climbs out of, on stage – a wide space representing his apartment and above this space, a forest. Initially there’s just music as we watch how he lives. We present him as the most ordinary of men. He’s been unsuccessfully dating women he’s met online. We see an encounter with a woman (and another woman). It’s quietly, hilariously, disastrous. We see a vision of him earlier in life. He meets with the same woman - and they sing. He tries to knit together a love story. This search for beauty becomes his obsession. Meanwhile cracks appear in his everyday life. Beneath them we sense a volatile dangerous soul. In moments of desperation a single voice reaches out from his screen and we read the typed correspondence. It’s the only part of his reality that makes any sense. He finally escapes to the forest above him. There he meets the voice that was reaching out to him. It’s a 14-year-old girl who has come to meet a 14 year old boy. Before she knows it - we sense he’s going to kill her. Maybe this is him finding and experiencing a pure beauty. But then – perhaps not.» Enda Walsh

«Musically, the score focuses on a thread made of deconstructed, re-fashioned strains of Gesualdo. The main protagonist’s fascination with the music of Gesualdo is sporadically made explicit in the actual text (especially in the projected text messages) but it carries even greater focus in the score. These strains become ever more radiant as the opera proceeds, creating a friction between the almost ecstatic luminosity of the score and the brutal reality of the plot. This contradiction of course lies at the heart of the real-life story of Gesualdo, which finds contemporary resonance in The Second Violinist.» Donnacha Dennehy

Video Presentation

Artistic Team

Donnacha Dennehy - Composer

Enda Walsh - Librettist and Stage Director

Ryan McAdams - Conductor

Jamie Vartan - Set Designer

Joan O’Clery - Costume Designer

Adam Silverman - Lighting Designer

Jack Phelan - Video Designer

Helen Atkinson & David Sheppard - Sound Designers

Chorus of Wide Open Opera - Chorus

Crash Ensemble - Orchestra

Donnacha Dennehy

Donnacha Dennehy

Composer

Enda Walsh

Enda Walsh

Librettist and Stage Director

Ryan McAdams

Ryan McAdams

Conductor

Jamie Vartan

Jamie Vartan

Set Designer

Adam Silverman

Adam Silverman

Lighting Designer

Helen Atkinson

Helen Atkinson

Sound Designer

David Sheppard

David Sheppard

Sound Designer

Co-producing Partners

DTF Dublin Theatre Festival Logo

Dublin Theatre Festival

Ireland

Galway Int. Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival

Ireland

Landmark Productions

Landmark Productions

Ireland

St Anns Warehouse

St Ann's Warehouse

United States

Barbican

The Barbican

United Kingdom

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