Jørn Pedersen; Helene Gjerris; Liv Oddveig Midtmageli; Trine Bastrup Møller; Jens Krogsgaard;
Ida Stegmark; Morten Grove Frandsen; David Polmer
Randers Chamber Orchestra
A few years ago, artist Ivar Gjørup buried his divine anti-hero Divus Madsen following more than 25 years as the main character in the cartoon series "Egoland". The series' universe was mythical and mystical - populated by unusual beings with an unusual approach to the great questions of existence: Live & death, belief & the unbelievable, love & lollipops...
Divus was interred by the (comic)book. However, it is not an unknown phenomena in this particular branch, that divities are resurrected, and in 2013 Aarhus Sommeropera will truly witness a SECOND COMING, as Divus Madsen rises from the grave to a new life - as an opera character. Here, together with his wife Sandra, and daughter, he will seek happiness, joy, and goodness - in short: The Meaning of Life. Halleluja! or perhaps: 1/2leluja?
The musical landscape for Egoland will be drawn by composer John Frandsen, who was responsible for Aarhus Sommeropera's wildly ambitious opera trilogy "Vice and Virtue in the Middletime", and creator of Egoland, Ivar Gjørup himself, has provided the libretto and is also responsible for the visual realisation of the opera. Frandsen and Gjørup have previously collaborated on the church opera "Undermålerne" and on the symphonic tale "Skyggen" (based on H. C. Andersen).
Our current season is funded by: Knud Højgaards Fond; Aarhus Stiftstidendes Fond; Aage & Ulla Filtenborgs Fond af 8. november; KODA-Dramatiks Dispositionsfond; C.A.C. Fonden; Jyllands-Postens Fond; Dansk Kompoist Forenings Produktionspulje og KODAs Nationale Midler