Philip Venables

Reviews for MTW tour of Denis & Katya

15 March 2020 - news

Music Theatre Wales tour of Denis & Katya is now complete. The show went to Newport, Mold and Aberystwyth in Wales, followed by two nights at the Purcell Room in the Southbank Centre, London. Unfortunately the scheduled performance in Cardiff on 27th March was cancelled due to coronavirus closures.

The response to the tour was outstanding, from public and critics alike. Here are some links to reviews:

“It’s a bleak and brilliant piece – its expressiveness lies in its estranged, documentary style. The final video of the location from a moving train is shattering, etching Denis and Katya into our consciousness through opera as inventive as it is searching and direct.”The Stage

“Venables turns real-life tragedy into chilling opera”The Guardian

“a ruthlessly original piece that exposes our modern world of internet dependence as cruel and deeply benighted…. — this 70-minute one-acter, co-created with the writer Ted Huffman, drastically revises the operatic genre.” — The Sunday Times

“a bracingly original and bleakly powerful one-act opera”The Telegraph

“disturbing story with true emotional weight” — The Times

Denis & Katya is a lean, provocative, even playful affair – as far from the operatic tradition of tragic romance as it would be possible to imagine: an opera not about a story but about storytelling itself, drawing us in then pushing us away in a slickly choreographed meta-theatrical dance.” — Broadway World

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