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In association with Music Theatre Wales


Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, London


Face up to a modern-day tragedy in a documentary opera about the extraordinary events surrounding the death of two teenagers as Philip Venables and writer/director Ted Huffman follow the success of their award-winning opera, 4.48 Psychosis, with this thought-provoking documentary-opera.

If we don't surrender, we die. But if we surrender, we will never see each other again. Denis & Katya, 2016

In November 2016, two fifteen-year-olds in rural Russia, Denis and Katya, died after a three-day stand-off with Special Forces. They live-streamed their last hours, creating a spectacle of real-time voyeurism and leaving behind a cache of video footage. Denis and Katya is a documentary opera for two singers based on this modern-day Romeo and Juliet story. Using original video footage and social media, it transports the audience into the intense, devastating journey of these teen lovers, while examining the vast internet response and what this reveals about society today.

A co-production with Opera Philadelphia and Opéra National de Montpellier, in association with Music Theatre Wales.

Music Theatre Wales 
Ted Huffman director/libretto
Emily Edmonds mezzo-soprano, Katya
Johnny Herford baritone, Denis
London Sinfonietta 



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  • Fri 13 & Sat 14 March

    £25 (Booking fee £3)

    Venue: (view map)

    Purcell Room
    Southbank Centre
    Belvedere Rd
    London SE1 8XX

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