Saturday 25 January 2020

Enda Walsh directed opera The Second Violinist wins €150,000 Fedora - Generali Prize for Opera 2017

Donnacha Dennehy (composer) nad Enda Walsh (writer and director)
Donnacha Dennehy (composer) nad Enda Walsh (writer and director)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Two Irish companies have have won a major international award for The Second Violinist.

Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera were awarded the Fedora - Generali Prize for Opera 2017, beating off stiff competition from a number of the world's leading opera producers.

The Second Violinist is a new opera composed by Donnacha Dennehy and written and directed by Enda Walsh, which will have its premiere at the Galway International Arts festival on July 27 and will also run as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 from October 2-8.

The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet made the announcement at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in Austria this weekend.

Opera Europa – the professional Association of Opera Houses and Festivals in Europe, representing over 170 Opera Houses and festivals in 43 different countries, assessed the applications and created the shortlists, which were presented to two independent jury panels.

This new production sees Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh join forces once again on an explosive new piece – The Second Violinist, following the sensational success of their first opera, The Last Hotel.

The Second Violinist boasts a chorus of 16 and an orchestra of 14, together with principals, music staff, creative, production and technical staff, and it will require a company of 56 people to bring it to the stage. 

In addition to the world premiere in Galway, and building on the hugely successful touring life of The Last Hotel, further international dates are to be announced.  The opera is funded through an Arts Council Opera Production Award.

One of Ireland’s leading actors, Aaron Monaghan, plays The Second Violinist.  He is joined by singers Máire Flavin, Sharon Carty and Benedict Nelson, together with the Chorus of Wide Open Opera, and Crash Ensemble.

It is conducted by renowned US conductor Ryan McAdams.

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