Opera Philadelphia

Venables | Huffman

Denis & Katya

World Premiere
Music by Philip Venables
Libretto by Ted Huffman
Performed in English and Russian with English supertitles
Part of Festival O19

Composer Philip Venables and director Ted Huffman−the duo behind the award-winning 4:48 Psychosis–team up once again on this powerful, ripped-from-the-headlines world premiere about the deaths of two 15-year-old runaways. While in the midst of a standoff with Russian Special Forces, the couple broadcast themselves live on social media, creating a spectacle of real-time voyeurism, and have since become the Romeo and Juliet of internet clickbait. This multimedia production uses verbatim text to examine the vast public response to these events, what that reveals about our society, and what it means to make an opera out of it.

Denis & Katya is a nominee for the FEDORA GENERALI Prize for Opera

Watch Play

Denis & Katya video

MapThe Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Wed, Sep 18 7:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 19 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 21 2:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 21 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 22 7:00 p.m.
Mon, Sep 23 7:00 p.m.
Wed, Sep 25 7:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 26 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 28 2:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 28 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 29 7:00 p.m.

Approximately 70 minutes, no intermission

Co-commissioned and co-produced with Music Theatre Wales and Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier

Major support for Denis & Katya has been provided by the William Penn Foundation

Cast & Creative Team

Ted Huffman
Ted Huffman *Director
Theo Hoffman
Theo Hoffman *9/18, 21 (matinee), 22, 25, 26, 28 (matinee), 29
Siena Licht Miller
Siena Licht Miller9/18, 21 (matinee), 22, 25, 26, 28 (matinee), 29
Johnny Herford
Johnny Herford *9/19, 21 (evening), 23, 28 (evening)
Emily Edmonds
Emily Edmonds *9/19, 21 (evening), 23, 28 (evening)
  • Ksenia Ravvina * Co-Creator and Dramaturge
  • Emily Senturia * Music Director
  • Andrew Lieberman Scenic and Lighting Design
  • Millie Hiibel * Costume Design
  • Rob Kaplowitz Sound Design
  • Pierre Martin * Video Designer
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Philip Venables & Ted Huffman

The Composer

Philip Venables & Ted Huffman

Philip Venables’ music is often concerned with violence, politics and speech within concert music and opera. Read more.

Ted Huffman, a New York native, studied Humanities at Yale University and apprenticed at San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program. Read more. 

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