Philip Venables

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Denis & Katya wins Ivor Novello Award

16 December 2020

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…

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Reviews for MTW tour of Denis & Katya

15 March 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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Denis & Katya shortlisted for International Opera Award

22 February 2020

Denis & Katya has been shortlisted for the World Premiere award at the 2020 International Opera Awards. Others shortlisted include Anthropocene by Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh and p r i s m by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins. The…

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4.48 Psychosis and Denis & Katya among the ‘best of the decade’ or ‘best of 2019’

31 December 2019

Both 4.48 Psychosis and Denis & Katya have appeared in a number of ‘Best of 2019’ or ‘Best of the Decade’ lists. Here is a selection: 4.48 Psychosis at the top of the list of Alex Ross’ Best Performances of…

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Press images of 4.48 Psychosis in Strasbourg by Klara Beck

5 November 2019

Some production images from the Opéra National du Rhin / Royal Opera production of 4.48 Psychosis, September 2019. Directed by Ted Huffman, Design by Hannah Clark, Video by Pierre Martin, Light by D.M. Wood, Sound by Sound Intermedia and Fight…

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Production Images of Denis & Katya (UK Cast) by Pierre Martin Oriol and Clive Barda

2 October 2019

Some production images from the Opera Philadelphia production of Denis & Katya, September 2019. Directed by Ted Huffman, Design & Light by Andrew Lieberman, Video by Pierre Martin Oriol, Costumes by Millie Hiibel. The performers featured in the photos are…

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Press images of Denis & Katya in Philadelphia by Dominic Mercier

2 October 2019

Some production images from the Opera Philadelphia production of Denis & Katya, September 2019. Directed by Ted Huffman, Design & Light by Andrew Lieberman, Video by Pierre Martin, Costumes by Millie Hiibel. The performers featured in the photos are Sienna…

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“Spellbinding” — reviews for Denis & Katya

30 September 2019

We sent Denis & Katya out into the world on 18th September at the premiere at Suzanne Roberts Theater in Philadelphia with Opera Philadephia. Scored for just two singers, four cellos and pre-recorded sound and video, the 65-minute pseudo-verbatim opera…

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Denis & Katya wins Fedora Prize for Opera

1 July 2019

Denis & Katya, my second opera, has been awarded the prestigious Fedora Generali Prize for Opera this year. The prize was awarded at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice at a special awards ceremony on 28th June. The prize is…

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More dates for 4.48 Psychose in Dresden

24 June 2019

 Semperoper in Dresden have announced more dates next season for their production of 4.48 Psychose.  The opera had its german premiere run in Semper Zwei in April/May this year, with sold-out performances.  The dates next season will be 7th,…

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Denis & Katya announced

19 June 2019

My new latest music theatre piece, Denis & Katya, has been announced for its premiere production with the lead commissioner Opera Philadelphia.  The work has been conceived and written with my long-time collaborator, Ted Huffman.  It is pseudo-documentary music theatre, taking a…

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Featured composer at PLUG Festival

18 April 2019

From 6th—10th May, I will be the featured composer at the PLUG Festival, a contemporary music festival at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. The PLUG Festival predominantly features the work of student composers from the conservatoire in an…

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Press images of 4.48 Psychosis in New York City by Paula Court

2 February 2019

Some production images from the Prototype Festival / Royal Opera production of 4.48 Psychosis, January 2019. Directed by Ted Huffman, Design by Hannah Clark, Video by Pierre Martin, Light by D.M. Wood, Sound by Sound Intermedia and Fight Direction by…

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Rave reviews for 4.48 Psychosis in NYC

28 January 2019

4.48 Psychosis made its american premiere in New York City a few weeks ago at the Prototype Festival. The exceptional cast, orchestra and crew gave six performances of the Royal Opera production (directed by Ted Huffman) over eight days in…

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Residency at Watermill Center, NY

12 September 2018

I have been awarded a month-long residency at the Watermill Center in the Hamptons, NY, in January 2019.  I will take up the residency with Ted Huffman, and together we will spend the month working on our new opera, Denis &…

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American debut of 4.48 Psychosis in NYC

12 September 2018

The Royal Opera production of 4.48 Psychosis will make its american debut in New York City on 5th January 2019, headlining the Prototype Festival.  Prototype is North America’s largest promoter of new opera and music theatre, and their January showcase festival…

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Riot Ensemble plays Illusions and Numbers 91–95

3 September 2018

The Riot Ensemble is performing two pieces of mine, Illusions and Numbers 91–95, at Kings Place on Monday 17th September as part of the new ‘Luminate’ series.  It’s a semi-portrait concerto, with other composers Sarah Nemtsov, Lee Hyla and Helga Arias Parra also featured….

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

3 September 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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Press images of 4.48 Psychosis / Royal Opera by Stephen Cummiskey

7 July 2018

Some production images from the revival of the Royal Opera production of 4.48 Psychosis, May 2018. Directed by Ted Huffman, Design by Hannah Clark, Video by Pierre Martin, Light by D.M. Wood, Sound by Sound Intermedia. The performers featured in…

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Outstanding reviews for the revival of 4.48 Psychosis

1 June 2018

The recent performances of the Royal Opera production of 4.48 Psychosis have come to an end. We didn’t expect much press for a revival, of course, but the reviews there have been have been outstanding. The performances took place at…

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