A new opera by Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen
freely based on the novel Papaja-passionen by Sanne Bjerg.
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
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.
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.
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.
Den Gamle By,
8000 Århus C
tel. +45 89 404040
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