Season 2021-22

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AIDA

In the war between Egypt and Ethiopia, Aida is held captive as a slave of the Egyptian princess Amneris. No one knows, however, that she is actually the daughter of the Ethiopian king, Amonasro. Aida has fallen in love with Radamès, who returns her affection, to the great chagrin of Amneris, who wants Radamès for herself. Radamès is made commander of the Egyptian army, putting Aida in a terrible position: a victory for Radamès could mean marriage and freedom for her, but defeat for her father and homeland. When Radamès returns victorious, he is unaware he has captured Aida’s father. Amonasro forces Aida to coax Radamès into revealing military secrets, for which he is sentenced to death for high treason. Amneris offers to lift the sentence if Radames forswears Aida and agrees to marry her instead. He refuses, and is condemned to be buried alive. Aida secretly joins him in the tomb, and they face death together.

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THE COUNT OF LUXEMBOURG

Famous opera singer Angèle would not be eligible to marry Prince Basilowitsch, as she is devoid of a title. To solve this problem, the Prince arranges for the impoverished Count René to marry a lady (Angèle) whose face he is not allowed to see - and to agree to a divorce in three months’ time. As a reward, the Count will get half a million francs. At the wedding ceremony, the two are separated by a canvas and exchange rings without seeing each other. Months later, Angèle meets the Count by chance. They are immediately attracted to each other. Prince Basilowitsch realizes their mutual interest and becomes nervous, especially as his former fiancée Kokozow is on her way. But it is too late: Kokozow arrives, claims her right to marriage, and the Prince must give in. Angèle and the Count confess their love - and are able to stay married…

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INKOGNITO ROYAL

Hamburg, 1912. King Frederik VIII of Denmark leaves his hotel inkognito and forty-five minutes later is found dying on the street. Meanwhile, the Royal family is getting nervous, because the King is missing...

Legends rank around Frederik‘s mysterious death. Rumours spread that he had suffered a heart attack in the arms of a whore. Nonsense? Of course. But… if not?

In an attempt to combine all genres of theatre – music, dance, singing, acting – Den Jyske Opera invites you to have a closer look onto a forgotten chapter of Danish history in the world premiere of acclaimed composer Karsten Fundals’s new opera!

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EN TONE I LIVET / A SONG A LIFE

Memories, words and tones from citizens of all ages in Aarhus, Aalborg and Manchester have been collected by author Cecilie Eken and composer Søren Møller in this musical and citizen-involving work about childhood, the world, grief and being together. A song a life tells a moving story about what singing can mean in a life.

A song a life is the fruit of an extensive collaboration between NGOs, municipalities and cultural institutions, and is performed by Den Jyske Opera's Family Choir, Hjortshøj Girls' Choir, TalentU, the vocal ensemble EVE, JuniorEVE and musicians from the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra.

A song a life marks the start of the music-dramatic festival GrowOP! 2021, which focuses on experiences that can be shared by the whole family. The festival is a collaboration between Den Jyske Opera and Børnekulturhuset.