Brothers - the opera
The Danish National Opera will be performing a new opera based on Susanne Bier’s film Brothers in 2017. The performance is part of the Concert Hall Aarhus’s Bier series, in which the acclaimed Danish film trilogy will be transformed – in connection with European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 – into theatrical art: Brothers as an opera, After the Wedding as a music theatre piece, and Open Hearts as modern dance.
The new Danish opera will be directed by Kasper Holten, and Steffen Aarfing will create the stage design. The composer is the Danish-born Icelander Daníel Bjarnason and the librettist is Kerstin Perski (Reumert Prize winner for The Confessional).
The film Brothers is the story of two brothers and a love triangle. Michael has a successful career in the army, a beautiful wife and two daughters. His younger brother Jannik is a drifter living on the edge of the law. When Michael is sent on a UN mission to Afghanistan and returns after a traumatic imprisonment, the balance between the two brothers is changed forever.