Prize for Opera
Winner 2019

Denis & Katya

United States
Opera Philadelphia

Denis & Katya


World Premiere:
Festival O19, Opera Philadelphia
September 18th, 2019

In 2016, after a stand-off with Special Forces, teenagers Denis Muravyov and Katya Vlasova live-streamed their last hours, leaving behind a trail of devastating video footage.

Almost three years later, Opera Philadelphia and its co-commission partners Music Theatre Wales and Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier will bring their tragic story to the stage with Denis & Katya, a chamber opera by British composer Philip Venables and American librettist and stage director Ted Huffman. This World Premiere will use the power of opera to explore how stories are shaped and shared in our age of 24/7 digital connection.

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Video Presentation

Artistic Team

Composer Philip Venables and librettist and stage director Ted Huffman are rising young creative talents with great work and previous credits, and Opera Philadelphia seeks to empower them to further hone their talents and voices in opera composition through the subject project. The creative team also includes French projection designer Pierre Martin, and Russian dramaturg and co-creator, Ksenia Ravvina, who has traveled to the teens’ home region of Pskov to interview friends, families, and neighbors for additional firsthand knowledge of the story. 

Philip Venables

Philip Venables


Ted Huffman

Ted Huffman

Stage Director

Pierre Martin

Pierre Martin

Video Artist

Co-producing Partners

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Music Theatre Wales

United Kingdom

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