Dates

11-18 March

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium

Running time

1:05, no intermission

Tickets

From €19

Denis & Katya

Online (im)mortality

Two teenage runaways livestream their final hours from a squat, leaving behind a trail of devastating videos. The chamber opera Denis & Katya explores public reactions to the couple’s tragic fate. It is an operatic investigation into how stories are formed and shared in this age of internet voyeurism, conspiracy theories, fake news and having to be online 24/7.

Online (im)mortality

Director Ted Huffman and composer Philip Venables based their most recent opera on a true story. On 14 November 2016, two Russian 15-year-olds started livestreaming their story on the website Periscope. The live stream revealed how they ran away from home, went into hiding, had a confrontation with the police and how this ultimately led to their death. As the day wore on, Denis and Katya continued to livestream and their online viewers continued to grow. Conspiracy theories abounded, fan sites appeared. Denis and Katya became an internet sensation that, much like their own lives, was only very brief.

 

A cast of two young talents

The chamber opera Denis & Katya looks at how stories emerge, how they are told and how they are then shared on social media. The six characters in Denis & Katya, portrayed by just two singers, reconstruct the teenagers’ story from different perspectives. The testimonies are based on interviews with people who were closely involved with what happened. Ted Huffman has worked with young talents from DNO before (Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Trouble in Tahiti/Clemency), and will do so now again with two young and talented singers. They will be accompanied by four cellists of the Residentie Orchestra The Hague.

Performance information

Libretto  Ted Huffmann

Musical direction  Tim Anderson
Stage direction  Ted Huffman
Set and lighting design  Andrew Lieberman
Costumes  Raphaela Rose  
Video  Pierre Martin
Sound  Simon Hendry
Dramaturgy  Ksenia Ravvina

Soloists
Michael Wilmering
Inna Demenkova*

*Dutch National Opera Studio

Orchestra  Musicians of the Residentie Orkest The Hague

Original Production by Opera Philadelphia, Music Theatre Wales and Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier

A chamber opera in two acts based on a true story
Sung in English

Trailer Denis & Katya

Trailer Denis & Katya

Denis & Katya - podcast

How do you make an opera about a gruesome, true media report? Baritone Michael Wilmering, who constantly has to switch between different characters in two (!) languages in Denis & Katya, and dramaturge Jasmijn van Wijnen take you along in this extraordinary opera (in Dutch). 

Denis & Katya - podcast

By: Emma Lesuis

Free online programme booklet

Click on the link below and receive the free online programme booklet before the premiere. The booklet contains beautiful images and everything you need to know about the music and cast!

Denis & Katya
Scene Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Denis & Katya
Scene Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Denis & Katya
Scene Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Denis & Katya
Scene Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Denis & Katya
Scene Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Denis & Katya
Scene Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Denis & Katya
Scene Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak

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13 March

A top production."

"Everything comes together ingeniously in a great contemporary chamber opera, which is as oppressive as it is impressive.

 

13 March

Composer Venables and librettist Ted Huffman make the stress of Denis and Katya and the nervousness of the digital present felt."

"Opera does not get much more topical than this.

Repetities Denis & Katya
Rehearsals Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Repetities Denis & Katya
Rehearsals Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Repetities Denis & Katya
Rehearsals Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Repetities Denis & Katya
Rehearsals Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Repetities Denis & Katya
Rehearsals Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak
Denis & Katya
Rehearsals Denis & Katya | Photo: Milagro Elstak

Residentie Orkest The Hague

Residentie Orkest The Hague is more than 100 years old and belongs to the great symphonic orchestras of the Netherlands. This innovative orchestra performs on important stages in the Netherlands and abroad. They open this season with their entry into the new cultural complex Amare and the start of their new chief conductor Anja Bihlmaier. Recent DNO productions that were accompanied by the Residentie Orkest The Hague were Dialogues des Carmélites, Madama Butterfly and Nabucco. In 2022, musicians of Residentie Orkest The Hague join us for the opera Denis & Katya.

 

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