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Denis & Katya

Winner of 2019 Fedora Generali Prize for Opera
Text: Ted Huffman / Co-creator: Ksenia Ravvina
Commissioners: Opera Philadelphia, Music Theatre Wales, Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier.
Premiere: 18th September 2019
Duration: 65 minutes, no interval, in two parts.
Text is in english.  French and german versions are in preparation.
Cast: Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone (with in-ear monitors)
Ensemble: 4 cellos (playing from iPads, with in-ear monitors).
The opera is unconducted, synchronised with in-ear-monitors.
Amplification, surround sound dispersion, recorded sound & video required.
Archive video available on request.
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4.48 Psychosis

Winner of the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Opera, the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Large-scale Composition and the 2017 British Composer Award for Stage Work. Shortlisted for an Olivier Award and Sky Arts South Bank Award.
Text: Sarah Kane
Commissioners: Royal Opera House ,  Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Premiere: 24th May 2016, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, The Royal Opera, Richard Baker.
Duration: 90 minutes, no interval, in 24 short scenes.
Text is in english.  A German version (4.48 Psychose) is available from Ricordi. Translation by Dürs Grünbein, premiere 26th April 2019 in Dresden.
Cast: 3 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos
Ensemble, 12 players: alto flute + picc, 3 saxes (all sop+bar), piano+synth with organ pedalboard, accordion, 2 percussion (solo roles, some playing from memory), vln+vla, 2 vla, bass.
Amplification, surround sound dispersion, recorded sound & video required.
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The Big History of Little England

The entire history of england in 12 minutes: a snappy opera for young children / primary school groups to perform
Text: Ted Huffman
Commissioner: Mahogany Opera Group
Duration: 12 minutes
Cast: 1 group of children (ages 8 to 12), minimum around 20. Some opportunities for stand-out solos, etc. Includes pre-recorded text.
Ensemble: piano, trumpet, and one string player who also operates sound cues to stereo playback.
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Venables plays Bartók

Violin Concerto
Text: Philip Venables / Rudolph Botta (in english)
Commissioners: BBC Symphony Orchestra / BBC Radio 3
Premiere: 17th August 2018, BBC Proms, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pekka Kuusisto (violin), Sakari Oramo.
Duration: 31’
Ensemble: solo violin, tape (stereo) and orchestra
( / / piano.timp.3perc.soundcue operator / min:



“a brilliant, extreme work that grips like a vice and won’t let go” (The Guardian)
A collaboration with David Hoyle.
Commissioners: London Sinfonietta / New Music Biennial
World Premiere: 2nd June 2017, New Music Biennial / Hull City of Culture, London Sinfonietta, Richard Baker
Duration: 14’
for video playback (projection and single channel sound) and 9 players:  picc.bsax / tpt.tbn / pf.perc (BD.whistle.tgl) /
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Fight music

Year: 2009
Duration: 5’
for 8 players: / tpt.tbn / pf.perc(1) / vc.cb
(Version available for six players on request: / pf.perc(1) / )
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Klaviertrio im Geiste

Year: 2011
Duration: 12’
for piano trio (violin, cello, piano)
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A prelude to Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet K581
Year: 2010
Duration: 6’
for clarinet and string quartet
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The Revenge of Miguel Cotto

Text: Steven J. Fowler
Commissioner: London Sinfonietta
World Premiere: 16th May 2012, London Sinfonietta, Richard Baker, Leigh Melrose, Alex Baker.
Duration: 15’
for two male vocalists and nine players: 3tbn / acc.2perc(punchbags) / 3vln
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numbers 76–80 : tristan und isolde

Year: 2011
Duration: 13’
Text: Simon Howard
for 4 voices (SATB) and string quartet
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numbers 91–95

Year: 2011
Duration: 9’
Text: Simon Howard
for speaker and two tape recorders, harp, flute and woodblock
(speaker need not be a trained vocalist.  This could be performed by an instrumentalist.)
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Year: 2018
Duration: 5’
Text: Ted Huffman
for male voice and piano
(a short operatic scene)
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My Favourite Piece is the Goldberg Variations

Year: 2021
Duration: 23’
for solo accordion (also speaking/singing)
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Metamorphoses after Britten

Year: 2010
Duration: 8’
for solo oboe (versions available for saxophone and bassoon)
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Piano Studies

Year: 2006-2011
Duration: 17’
for solo piano
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Year: 2011
Duration 3’
for two saxophones of the same type
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Canal Street

Year: 2017
Duration: 10’
for seven-channel outdoor sound installation. Made for Canal Street in Manchester, for Manchester International Festival 2017. A collaboration with David Hoyle and Manchester Camerata.
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