Music by Philip Venables
Written & directed by Ted Huffman
Two 15-year-olds in love who lived every moment, including their last, online.
Composer Philip Venables and director Ted Huffman − the duo behind the award-winning 4.48 Psychosis - examine the real-life tragedy of Russian runaways Denis Muravyov and Katya Vlasova. Dubbed a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, they broadcast their forbidden final days together on social media. And rightly or wrongly, the public clicked, watched and responded.
Splicing verbatim text, video, music and theatre, Denis & Katya explores how stories are shaped and shared in our age of trolls, conspiracy theories, fake news, and 24/7 digital connection.
What makes you click?
Co-commissioned and co-produced by Music Theatre Wales, Opera Philadelphia and Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier
UK performances in association with London Sinfonietta
Winner of the FEDORA - GENERALI Prize for Opera 2019
First performance: Festival O19, Opera Philadelphia , 18 Sep 2019
Composer Philip Venables and writer-director Ted Huffman discuss Denis & Katya ahead of its world premiere at Opera Philadelphia’s O19 Festival in September 2019.
Learn MoreMichael McCarthy: Exploring the creation of Denis & Katya
Original Opera Philadelphia Creative Team
Andrew Lieberman Scenic and Lighting Design
Millie Hiibel Costume Design
Rob Kaplowitz Sound Design
Pierre Martin Video Designer
an intimate, haunting triumph
The New York Times
Venables, a…British composer of ferocious dramatic instincts…astonishing
The New Yorker
a sensitive, subtle, and deeply questioning meditation on youth, voyeurism, and the age of social media
challenges the ear, the eye, and the soul to accept a wholly new hybrid form of operatic expression.
game-changing…. gripping, thoughtful artistry
The Philadelphia Inquirer