Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium
1:05, no intermission
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.
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
*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
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
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!
A top production."
"Everything comes together ingeniously in a great contemporary chamber opera, which is as oppressive as it is impressive.
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.
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.