PHILIP VENABLES: DENIS & KATYA
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
They could have been your teenage children, best friends, or classmates. Two beautiful 15-year-olds who lived every moment−including their last−online. What led to their violent deaths? Why did they choose to broadcast their final moments on social media? And what does it say about the voyeuristic society who watched, liked, and objectified them, transforming two kids into clickbait?
This visceral production from composer Philip Venables and director Ted Huffman−the duo behind the award-winning 4.48 Psychosis−uses verbatim text to examine the vast public response to the events surrounding the tragedy of Russian runaways Denis Muravyov and Katya Vlasova, exploring how stories are shaped and shared in our age of trolls, conspiracy theories, fake news, and 24/7 digital connection.
A Music Theatre Wales and Royal Opera House co-production, in association with London Sinfonietta.
Music Theatre Wales
Ted Huffman director/libretto
Emily Edmonds mezzo-soprano, Katya
Johnny Herford baritone, Denis
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