Oberes Belvedere

Denis & Katya

Stage and audience room of the Chamber Opera photographed from the gallery
Vereinigte Bühnen Wien GmbH © Kammeroper Innenansicht / Katharina Schiffl
Stage and audience room of the Chamber Opera photographed from the gallery

Amplified opera in two parts
Libretto by Ted Huffman
German version on Robert Lehmeier

Austrian premiere: September 27, 2023

Klangforum Wien
PPCM Academy - Campus cooperation with students of the University of Arts Graz
Conductor: Anna Sushon
Director and Costume: Marcos Darbyshire

A "Romeo and Juliet" tale in the age of social media: Two Russian teenagers hide in a hut to get away from their parents. When they are found by police the situation escalates – and Denis and Katya share their conflict with the world on social media. The real actors and their worldwide viewership spur each other on. The lines between digital perception and reality become blurred. What in the virtual world appears to be a game becomes deadly earnest. At the end, the two youngsters are dead.
Denis & Katya is based on a true story which the British composer Philip Venables and his librettist Ted Huffman have adapted as a dense and intense work of musical theatre that was first performed in 2019 in Philadelphia. One mezzo-soprano and one baritone slip into the roles of various witnesses to reconstruct this teenage tragedy. The principal protagonists, Denis and Katya, only appear in these reports, overlaid by internet posts, WhatsApp messages, electro-acoustic sounds and an ensemble consisting of four cellos. All this combines to create a gripping piece of opera for our times that goes beyond the actual events themselves.



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1010 Wien

Current Dates

  • Wed. 27 Sep 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 29 Sep 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 01 Oct 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 03 Oct 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 06 Oct 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 08 Oct 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 10 Oct 2023, 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 12 Oct 2023, 7 p.m.