Following Government advice, we are sorry to say that the 27 March performance of Denis & Katya (at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama) has been cancelled. Refunds are being arranged by the venue. We thank you for your understanding during this exceptional time.


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.

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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


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