by Daníel Bjarnason
Premiere 9. june 2018


Composer Daníel Bjarnason   Libretto Kerstin Perski   Breaks

The Icelandic Opera will be performing the opera Brothers by the Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason based on Susanne Bier’s film Brothers in June 2018. 

The opera was world-premiered in the Concert Hall Aarhus in August 2017  –  in connection with European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 and the production in Iceland will be the same as in Aarhus.

Brothers will be directed by Kasper Holten, and Steffen Aarfing is the stage designer. The libretto is written by Kerstin Perski (Reumert Prize winner for The Confessional).

The film Brothers is the story of two brothers and a love triangle. Michael has a successful career in the army, a beautiful wife and two daughters. His younger brother Jannik is a drifter living on the edge of the law. When Michael is sent on a UN mission to Afghanistan and returns after a traumatic imprisonment, the balance between the two brothers is changed forever.

The opera is performed in English.



Marie Arnet
Jamie, Michael´s brother
Elmar Gilbertsson
Anna, Peter´s wife
Þóra Einarsdóttir
James Laing

Artistic directors

Stage Director
Kasper Holten