ASO © 2016


A new opera by Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen
freely based on the novel Papaja-passionen by Sanne Bjerg.

The cast::

Adam (tenor - a young man chained to a tree in his grandmother's courtyard): Valdemar Villadsen

Grandmother (Alto - a lady of stature in the local community): Ulla Kudsk Jensen

Noah (Bass - Grandmother's handyman): Jens Bruno Hansen

Eva (Mezzo - Noah's daughter): Stina Schmidt

The Priest (Bass-baritone - a pompus and comical figure): Jesper Mikkelsen

Director: Jens Kroggsgaard
Designer: Karin Seisbøll
Conductor: David Riddell
The Danish Sinfonietta - Randers Kammerorkester

Chains is the story of a boy who spends his life chained to a tree in his grandmother's courtyard. His grandmother is not evil - she has chained the boy to a tree to fulfill a prophesy promising the local community prosperity. Naturally, she meets considerable opposition from resisdents of the small village where they live, but she is more than capable of arguing her case - shouldn't the well being of the community come before that of a young boy.

The boy, Adam, is naturally unhappy with the situation and wishes to be free. A young beauty from the village, Eva, develops an interest in him, finding his captivity strangely alluring. Adam falls deeply in love with her, and they plan what they could do together if only he were free. The grandmother's health deteriorates, and on her deathbed she admits that she cannot remember the details of the prophecy. The chain breaks, and Adam gains his freedom, but this results in Eva losing her interest in him - all his hopes and plans are now no more than empty wishes.

Premiere :
August 27 - 7.30 p.m.

August 30 - 7.30 p.m.
August 31 - 7.30 p.m.
September 2 - 7.30 p.m.
September 3 - 7.30 p.m.

Helsingør Theater,
Den Gamle By,
Viborgvej 2,
8000 Århus C

Ticket sales:
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