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Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis wins ‘Achievement In Opera’ at the UK Theatre Awards 2016

The Royal Opera’s first Composer-in-Residence has been celebrated for his contemporary opera based on Sarah Kane’s extraordinary final play.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

10 October 2016 at 11.24am | 1 Comment

British composer Philip Venables’ contemporary opera 4.48 Psychosis has won the ‘Achievement in Opera’ award at the UK Theatre Awards 2016.

The production – a co-commission between The Royal Opera and Guildhall School of Music and Drama – is an adaptation of British playwright Sarah Kane’s extraordinary final play of the same name, which drew on her experience of depression.

Venables chose 4.48 Psychosis because it ‘felt like a really musical text. Of all Kane’s plays, it feels like the one where she’s written some music on the page.’

Listen: Philip Venables on Sarah Kane

Working alongside American director Ted Huffman, the opera opened to acclaim upon its world premiere at Lyric Hammersmith in May 2016. It was created by Venables during his tenure as Royal Opera House Composer-in-Residence, a position supported by Guildhall and the Royal Opera House.

The residency is one of the first examples of an opera company and conservatory joining forces to offer a studentship which leads to a doctoral degree. It was designed specifically to support composers in the creation of new operas.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

10 October 2016 at 11.24am

This article has been categorised Awards, Opera and tagged 4.48 Psychosis, by Philip Venables, by Ted Huffman, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Lyric Hammersmith, The Royal Opera, UK Theatre Awards

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  1. Eric Firkins responded on 13 October 2016 at 1:05am Reply

    I loved this opera. and was very pleased that it dealt with this subject. It was very well produced and had with minimal sets that allowed me to concentrate on the singers. I hope that this opera is staged by other companies since it hit the proverbial nail on the head of what it feels like to suffer from this condition,

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