Excellent Reviews for Denis & Katya in Montpellier

August 6, 2021

Denis & Katya made its french premiere a few weeks ago in a new french-language version at the Opéra National Montpellier. The production featured soprano Chloé Briot and baritone Elliot Madore, and cellists from the Orchestre National Montpellier. Ted Huffman…

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Reviews for MTW tour of Denis & Katya

March 15, 2020

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…

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Successful premiere for ‘Venables plays Bartók’ at the BBC Proms

September 3, 2018

Venables plays Bartók, my new violin concerto written for Pekka Kuusisto, received a warm response at its premiere at the BBC Proms on Friday 17th August, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo.  A huge thanks to Pekka, Sakari, the…

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Stellar reviews for 4.48 Psychosis

July 6, 2016

The response to 4.48 Psychosis has been incredible. Here are some excerpts from them: The Independent.  ★★★★★ “Where this first-ever operatic setting by Royal Opera House Guildhall composer-in-residence Philip Venables succeeds is through simple honesty. With a score ranging guilelessly…

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Bound to Hurt press reviews

July 5, 2016

Here’s a selection of press reviews for Bound to Hurt, a music theatre collaboration with Douglas Gordon and Ruth Rosenfeld, which played in Hamburg, Berlin and Basel in 2015/16.  I’ve given a rough translation of the excerpts. Nachtkritik Die Popsongs…

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Monopol Magazine review

October 12, 2015

Bound to Hurt has now finished up in Berlin – what a whirlwind week, and huge thanks to Hebbel am Ufer Theater.  We’ve had a great review of the piece in the german arts magazine Monopol.  Here’s a particular snippet about the…

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Wonderful reviews of numbers 76-80 : tristan und isolde

October 7, 2011

numbers 76-80 : tristan und isolde was performed brilliantly by EXAUDI and Endymion under the direction of James Weeks on Monday 19th September.  I was really delighted, and the Purcell Room at Southbank was pretty busy too. There was a wonderful…

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…dark and violent, and so so gay.

August 26, 2011

Last week’s performance of Fuck Forever was reviewed by www.sosogay.com. “There were some really great little works in among the chaff….. Philip Venables’ Fuck Forever managed to tease out a dark and violent portrait of sexual desire.” Definitely a line I will…

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