a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda WalshLandmark Productions in association with Irish National Opera
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘a remarkable conclusion to the Dennehy-Walsh partnership’
The Irish Times
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘High-octane triumph … powerful and compelling’
The Sunday Times
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Simply magnificent … keeps you hooked’
The Arts Review
The First Child is an opera like no other – an experience that takes opera to new realms, where a cast of sensational singers is joined by an actor, a dancer and children in a multi-media extravaganza that electrifies all the senses.
Over the course of 90 minutes, this powerful and compelling story will take you on a rollercoaster ride.
The action takes place in the present-day. Karen, a single woman, comes into contact with a young couple and their new baby via repeated ‘chance’ meetings. As the drama progresses we come to understand their shared past and how their lives interconnect.
This high-octane blend of artforms featuring music, dance and video plays for just 5 performances at Galway International Arts Festival, where composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer/director Enda Walsh previously wowed audiences with the spectacular The Second Violinist.
The music, performed live by Crash Ensemble, a group of world-class musicians – described by the New York Times as ‘the Irish new-music band that plays with the energy and spirit of a rock group’ – is by turns intimate, explosive and thrilling.
The First Child follows Dennehy and Walsh’s multi-award-winning operas The Last Hotel and The Second Violinist. You don’t need to have seen either of the first two operas to be blown away by The First Child.
Dates | July – September 2022
Running Time | 90 minutes approx (no interval)
Age Suitability | 16+
*Sung in English with English surtitles.
Funded by an Opera Projects and Production Award from the Arts Council. A co-production with Irish National Opera. Original production in association with Dublin Theatre Festival.