Composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright Enda Walsh’s new opera is an intense psychological thriller, presented by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera.
A man silently mops the floor, the water bloody. The hotel room he’s 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 will be death.
The Last Hotel unites two of Ireland’s most fascinating artists – multi-award-winning playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy. Together they create a new chamber opera about life, death, duty and guilt.
Dennehy is a composer of urgent, searching music that combines post-minimalist overtones with fragments of his native Irish idioms, particularly the sean nós (or ‘old style’) songs of Irish folk music. Walsh’s reputation as a chronicler of the darker side of the Irish psyche has been forged through works such as The Walworth Farce (2006), Misterman (2011) and Ballyturk (2014) – as well as through his work for music theatre and screen, including the libretto for Once (2011) and the screenplay for Hunger (2008).