Reviews

The Irish Independent
‘entirely, breathtakingly glorious … this is a wonderful production; searing, powerful, funny, moving, mischievous, aphasic, devastating, beautiful.’
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The Scotsman
‘gripping … powerful evidence that opera is anything but a dead art … a red-hot theatrical experience’
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The Guardian
★★★★ ‘searingly powerful … devastating … heartbreaking … thrilling … mesmerising’
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The Irish Times
★★★★
‘darkly absorbing … a work of wide imagination, unsettling meditation and archly quotidian detail … an agitated and seductive experience’ 
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The Independent
★★★★★ 
‘this extraordinary new Irish opera … thrilling’
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The Scotsman
★★★★ 
‘Walsh’s libretto is unnerving and funny … Dennehy’s score is red-hot … Crash Ensemble are … electrifying’
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The Observer
★★★★ ‘
Donnacha Dennehy’s and Enda Walsh’s dark, intoxicating new chamber opera … a riot of post minimalism and hooley … invites you to think with head and heart’
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Opera Magazine
‘Dennehy’s predominantly minimalist score rises to heights of ecstatic lyricism … powerful, poised acting performances’

Examiner.com
★★★★★ ‘Fragmented, discordant, poetic, The Last Hotel is an astonishing new opera by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera … exquisitely realised … utterly mesmerising … absolutely stunning’
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The Times
‘feral force, spine­shuddering bass beats, black humour and stonking energy … stunningly delivered’

The Arts Desk
‘magnificent … gripping … startling …
it’s a superb addition to the repertoire, rich, strange, darkly comic and thoroughly beguiling.’ –
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The Stage
★★★★ Darkly insistent, Donnacha Dennehy’s score pushes and cajoles in equal measure … Crash Ensemble ensure that it is a glorious, ominous sound under André de Ridder’s baton.”
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Edinburgh Guide
★★★★★ 
‘Put Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh in the same space and watch the sparks fly … a remarkable achievement’ 
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WhatsOnStage
★★★★★ 
‘a collaboration between prominent Irish artists which both forges new alliances and breaks new ground …Dennehy’s score …  is noisy and extraordinary and played brilliantly’ 
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The Skinny
★★★★★ ‘a stunning new opera … The Last Hotel will surely become a classic of our times … a brilliant production.’
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The Herald
‘A major piece …
Dennehy’s music is powerful stuff, and superbly played by his own Crash Ensemble under André de Ridder … the band are worth the ticket price on their own.’
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Edinburgh Evening News 
★★★★★’
star of the show for me was the Crash Ensemble conducted by Andre de Ridder and Dennehy’s disturbingly insistent and unquestionably Irish score based around fiddles, flutes and an accordion with thumping bass percussion maintaining the sense of impending doom.’
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Sunday Business Post
‘Donnacha Dennehy’s shifting, subtle, shimmering harmonies …. it’s wild, beautiful music … evocative and vivid’

Exeunt Magazine
★★★★★
 ‘an ode of utter despair and heartrending hope … darkly    funny and intensely poetic at once’
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