Prize for Opera 2019

Denis & Katya

United States
Opera Philadelphia

Denis & Katya - FEDORA 10 Years - Winner of the FEDORA - GENERALI Prize for Opera 2019

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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 brought 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 used the power of opera to explore how stories are shaped and shared in our age of 24/7 digital connection.

Denis & Katya is one of the 10 most performed new operatic works in the world over the last seven years (Source: Operabase, 2023).

The opera will now reach the stage at the Pittsburgh Opera, from 6 to 14 May 2023.

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Video Presentation

Artistic Team

Composer Philip Venables and librettist and stage director Ted Huffman are rising creative talents with great work and previous credits, and with this project, Opera Philadelphia sought 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


Pierre Martin

Pierre Martin

Video Artist

Co-producing Partners

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Music Theatre Wales

United Kingdom


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