Aarhus Sommeropera


A new opera about science, love, and ethical dilemmas by Niels Marthinsen and Bent Nørgaard.

Major scientific discoveries often change our thoughts on who we are and where we come from - and one of the greatest changes in attitude came with Charles Darwin's publication of "The Origins of Species" and the development of the concept of evolution.

Darwin's discoveries challenged the prevailing ethics of Victorian Britain, but the narrative of the opera focuses on the true story of Darwin's domestic life and his love for his wife, Emma. She was a devout Christian, and Darwin delayed publishing "The Origin of the Species" for many years due to his beloved Emma's profound religious beliefs.

Despite their deep love for each other, their differing opinions on the afterlife were a constant source of contention, and yet it was Emma who finally convinced her husband to publish his earth-shattering theories, after Charles received a crucial letter from a colleague about to publish similar theories to his own.

Director and designer: Bent Nørgaard
Conductor: David Riddell

Charles Darwin: Jesper Mikkelsen
Emma Darwin: Anette Bod
Dr. J. D. Hooker: Mathias Hedegaard
Quartet: Julie MeeRa Albertsen,
              Sidsel Aja Eriksen,
              Anders Christensen,
              Benjamin Molonfalean

The Danish Sinfonietta


This year you can also experience The Old Town in an "after hours tour" with focus on the historic aspects of scientific development.

See The Old Town in a new light and hear the backgound to the publication of "The Origin of the Species" as Aarhus Sommeropera invite you to this special event before two of our performances.

One of The Old Town's informative guides will lead you through the 19th-century part of the museum - the same period when "The Origins of the Species" came to Denmark. Following this, Laura Søvsø Thomasen will tell about various myths and facts surrounding the publication of "The Origin of the Species" in Denmark.

The tour starts at 5.30 p.m. It is possible to order 3 large Danish smørrebrød from "Frk. Jensens Kogebog" (Mrs. Jensens Cookbook) for 145 kr. (drinks can also be purchased separately). Note: Smørrebrød must be ordered 10 days in advance.

Arranged by: Aarhus Sommeropera and Den Gamle By

Dates of the tour: 30th. august and 6. september 2017 kl. 5.30-7.15 p.m.

Starting point: Entrance to Helsingør Theater, Den Gamle By, Aarhus

The tour is free of charge, but it is necessary to book in advance to pr@aarhus-sommeropera.dk - two days in advance for the tour and ten days in advance for the smørrebrød.