Performance at Transit Festival, Leuven

October 13, 2021

Andreas Borregaard will perform My Favourite Piece is the Goldberg Variations at the Transit Festival in Leuven. The strapline of the festival is “The Sound of Tomorrow”. Ted Huffman and I made this piece with Andreas during the lockdown, and…

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Denis & Katya announced at Dutch National Opera / Opera Forward Festival

August 31, 2021

Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam have announced that they will make a new production of Denis & Katya in the Opera Forward Festival 2022. The Festival features a range of new operatic each year in March in a range of…

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Glowing 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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Two mini-documentaries about Denis & Katya in Montpellier

July 20, 2021

Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier have made two little videos taking a peek behind the scenes of the production of Denis & Katya. Episode 1 features interviews with me and Ted about the show (mostly in english) and Episode 2 features…

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Denis & Katya announced in Hannover

June 30, 2021

The German premiere of Denis & Katya has been announced for the 21—22 Season of the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover. The theatre has commissioned a german language version of the opera, which has been translated by director and librettist Robert Lehmeier….

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New dates and cast for Denis & Katya in Montpellier

June 30, 2021

The performances of Denis & Katya in Montpellier have been postponed due to Covid-19. The opera will now take place on the main stage of the Opéra Comédie on 26th, 28th and 29th July. Tickets are available here. The performances…

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My Favourite Piece is the Goldberg Variations

February 24, 2021

For the last year I have been collaborating with Ted Huffman and the accordionist Andreas Borregaard on a new piece. This has now come to fruition, and was premiered (virtually) at the Borealis Festival in Bergen on 20th March 2021,…

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Denis & Katya wins Ivor Novello Award

December 16, 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

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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Denis & Katya UK tour announced

October 10, 2019

Music Theatre Wales has released its tour dates for Denis & Katya in 2020. The tour will be in four theatres in Wales, and two shows will be performed at the Southbank Centre in London. Unfortunately the England tour has…

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“Spellbinding” — reviews for Denis & Katya

September 30, 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

July 1, 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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Denis & Katya announced

June 19, 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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Rave reviews for 4.48 Psychosis in NYC

January 28, 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

September 12, 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

September 12, 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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British Composer Award for 4.48 Psychosis

December 8, 2017

On Wednesday night, I won the British Composer Award for Best Stage Work, for 4.48 Psychosis.  The awards, organised by BASCA and supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and BBC Radio 3, were held at the British Museum.  Other…

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London dates announced for 4.48 Psychosis

October 25, 2017

Dates for revival performances of 4.48 Psychosis have been announced by the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Royal Opera.  The production, which premiered in 2016 at the Lyric Theatre, co-produced by the Royal Opera and the Guildhall School of Music…

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South Bank Sky Arts Award nomination

June 12, 2017

4.48 Psychosis has been shortlisted for the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Opera 2017.  The awards ceremony is on 9th July at the Savoy Hotel in London, and covers all art forms from opera, dance, classical music, theatre, literature,…

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RPS Composition Award for 4.48 Psychosis

May 23, 2017

I’m delighted to announce that I won the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Large Scale Composition for 4.48 Psychosis.  The award ceremony took place at The Brewery Hotel in London, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  The award was one of…

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4.48 Psychosis shortlisted for two RPS Awards

April 4, 2017

4.48 Psychosis has been shortlisted in two categories for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2017.  The opera was nominate for the Large-Scale Composition award and the Opera & Music Theatre award.  Both shortlists, and the rest of the nominees, are quite a formidable…

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Olivier Award nomination for 4.48 Psychosis

March 6, 2017

4.48 Psychosis has been nominated for an Olivier Award, in the category Best New Opera Production.   The award ceremony is at the Royal Albert Hall on 9th April, and we are up against Akhnaten (ENO), Cosi Fan Tutte (ROH) and…

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Residency at MacDowell Colony, USA

December 28, 2016

I will be taking up a three-week residency at MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, USA, in May 2017. I’m delighted to have a place at this prestigious colony, America’s oldest, to work with Director Ted Huffman on an exciting new music…

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4.48 Psychosis wins UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera

October 11, 2016

I’m delighted to say that we have just won the award for Achievement in Opera at the UK Theatre Awards 2016.   The Royal Opera and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in association with the Lyric Hammersmith, were nominated…

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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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