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Roskilde Festival

  • Roskilde Festival Darupvej Roskilde, 4000 Denmark (map)


There was a time when opera, with its delivery of drama, existential ponderings and melodic climaxes, was considered the pop music of the people.

Over time, the genre faded out and ended up on stage floors in prestigious brick houses with high entry prices.

When hip-hop made its entrance in the last quarter of the 20th century, opera was so effectively hidden away that the sample-happy producers overlooked the treasury of potential earworms and instead dug into funk, jazz, blues and soul.

Perhaps that will change when the project Operap takes the Avalon stage. Here, six of Denmark’s most streetwise rappers will join forces with six of Scandinavia's loudest classical singers.

Backed up by a section of 22 tight string players, they will deliver a couple of clear messages: that musical stereotypes should be challenged and that you should be careful dismissing a music genre...

Among the performers on stage you will find rap heroes like Pede B, Kasper Spez, Per Vers and Annelise and vocal heroes like baritone Jakob Bloch, mezzo-soprano Astrid Nordstad and tenor Adam Riis. Originator Rune Skyum hosts the get-down, DUEN (the national team of young skilled string players) are ready with a string section while former world champion DJ Noize orchestrates beats behind his mixing desk.

Operap is presented together with CPH Opera Festival.

Earlier Event: June 29
Ilse Jacobsen's 20th Anniversary
Later Event: July 13
Cassandra and Concerto Copenhagen