Prize for Opera 2017


01 / 00

Brothers, the Opera

Den Jyske Opera

Brothers, The Opera


  Oscar-winning Danish film-maker, Susanne Bier, has built a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding directors through her works that examine the lives of people as they encounter the raw emotion and challenges of living a life separately and together. In 2017 Bier’s celebrated film trilogy Brothers, Open Hearts and After the Wedding is transformed from screen to stage in three ground breaking theatrical commissions. Bier’s most acclaimed and successful films will be staged in three different genres – as an opera, a dance performance and a musical. In this opera Bier’s intense examination of guilt, love, and forgiveness is transferred from the screen to the stage in a stunning production, created by an outstanding ensemble of talents. “Brothers, The Opera” aims to rethink the opera genre by using a popular movie seen by more than 2 million people as a starting point for a new Opera creation.   

Brothers, The Opera

Artistic Team

Composer: Daniel Bjarnason Stage Director: Kasper Holten Librettist: Kerstin Perski Swedish award-winning librettist Kerstin Perski has written an opera based on the film “Brødre” by Anders Thomas Jensen and Danish Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier. For Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason “Brothers” will be his first opera. In contrast the direction is in the hands of critically acclaimed director Kasper Holten(Director of Opera of The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, London, 2011-2016) who actually started out in Aarhus as a young director. Kasper Holten brings with him set designer Steffen Aarfing who has extensive experience with the Company. The two have worked together on several projects including in the Copenhagen Ring (2006). The lighting designer is Norwegian Ellen Ruge who is new to the Company but the team has worked together before in “The Turn of the Screw” at La Scala (2016). German conductor Andre de Ridder will be joining us on this world class project.


Support sustainable innovation in opera and dance

Outdated browser

For a better experience,
keep your browser up to date.

Learn more