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

Alongside this production we ran a Young People’s Creative and Consultation Programme. You can see the impact this had by watching

You can also hear the tracks they recorded at


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 More

Michael McCarthy: Exploring the creation of Denis & Katya

Production stories & insights

Original Opera Philadelphia Creative Team

Andrew Lieberman Scenic and Lighting Design

Millie Hiibel Costume Design

Rob Kaplowitz Sound Design

Pierre Martin Video Designer



In 2018 MTW set out on a journey to challenge our own perceptions of our audiences and the work they want to engage with. We want to learn and to grow, ultimately creating work that speaks to more people in Wales.

Our first piece of work in this learning was our Young People's Creative Consultation, which collaborated and consulted with young people from North East Wales, and two locations in South Wales.

The groups created work in direct response to our ground-breaking opera Denis & Katya, and to the unexpected parallels with their own lives the pandemic forced upon them.

Listen to the work of the young people on Soundcloud.