Brothers is composer Daniel Bjarnason’s first opera. The production received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike when it was premiered in Denmark in the autumn of 2017.The piece is based on Susanne Bier’s award winning film of the same title.
The story revolves around two brothers and their different paths in life. Michael has a successful career in the army and a beautiful family. His younger brother Jamie is a drifter living on the edge of the law. When Michael is sent to war and returns after a traumatic imprisonment, the balance between the two brothers is changed forever.
The opera is directed by Kasper Holten, former opera director at Covent Garden. This is the original production but part of the cast is Icelandic. The director and composer will talk about the opera beforehand.
Brothers was chosen Composition of the year at the 2018 Icelandic Music Awards and Daníel Bjarnason musical artist of the year.
Conductor and author: Daníel Bjarnason
Director: Kasper Holten
Librettist: Kerstin Perski
Singers: Jacques Imbrailo, Marie Arnet, Selma Buch Ørum Villumsen, Elmar Gilbertsson, Þóra Einarsdóttir, James Laing, Oddur Arnþór Jónsson, Jakob Christian Zethner & Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir.