Denis & Katya wins Ivor Novello Award
I am delighted to say that I have won an Ivor Novello Award for Denis & Katya in the Stage Works category of the 2020 Ivors Composers Awards. The awards ceremony was not a public event this year, due to Covid-19, but instead the announcement was made live on BBC Radio 3 on 1st December 2020 in a special programme.
A huge thanks must be said to my collaborator Ted Huffman, Ksenia Ravinna, the commissioners Opera Philadelphia, Music Theatre Wales and OpÃ©ra Orchestre National Montpellier, the cast and crews in USA and UK, the hosting venues and the creative team, as mentioned in the “acceptance video” above.
Denis & Katya is my second opera, which was premiered in Philadelphia in September 2019, and was performed in Wales and London in March 2020 â€” one of the last performances to take place in London before Covid-19 hit.
The opera also won the Fedora Generali Prize for Opera in 2019, and was picked by the Telegraph as the best opera of 2020, and the 9th best cultural event/TV show/film. The opera is shortlisted in the World Premiere category of the International Opera Awards, and was shortlisted in the Opernwelt Jahrbuch Awards 2020.