Circus days and nights

Circus Days and Nights - in English

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Circus Days and Nights, a new opera by legendary composer Philip Glass, librettists David Henry Hwang and circus director Tilde Björfors, is based on a collecion af poems by American poet Robert Lax. Co-produced by Cirkus Cirkör and Malmö Opera, the collaboration will feature a unique, never before seen fusion of circus and opera.  

The American composer Philip Glass, is one of the most influential in contemporary music. He has written operas, symphonies and chamber music as well as music for film, theatre and television. Arguably, he is most famous for his Portrait trilogy - the three operas Einstein on the beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten.

His influence on contemporary classical music is difficult to overestimate. He is often described as a minimalist, but prefers to call his work "music with repetitive structures".       

”I have had the rights to the poem for about ten years, but I couldn’t write the piece because I hadn’t found my circus. When I saw Tilde’s staging of Satyagraha it struck me: Here’s my circus”, -  Philip Glass.  

The cast will include soprano Elin Rombo, well known for her depiction of Eritea in Cavallis Eliogabalo at the Opéra National de Paris and as Queen of the Night in Mozarts The Magic Flute at Staatsoper Berlin. Last fall she sang the title role in Rufus Wainwrights Callas-inspired Prima Donna at The Royal Opera in Stockholm.    

Work in progress. Costume sketches and model pictures by set and costume designer Magdalena Åberg.

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Kostymskiss Circus Days and Night
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Labb med Circus Days and Nights
Labb med Circus Days and Nights

Philip Glass and Tilde Björfors talks about Circus Days and Nights.

ARTISTS
MUSIC Philip Glass
LIBRETTO David Henry Hwang, Tilde Björfors
(based on poems by Robert Lax)
ASSISTANT LIBRETTO Ida Esmaeili
CONDUCTOR Minna Weurlander  
DIRECTOR AND CONCEPT Tilde Björfors  
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN Magdalena Åberg  
LIGHTNING DESIGN Ellen Ruge/Robert Hvenström
SOUND DESIGN Avgoustos Psillas 
CHOREOGRAPHY Methinee Wongtrakoon, Simon Wiborn
CREATIVE RIGGER Saar Rombout 
CAST
Lax F, the poet as a young man 
Elin Rombo (May 29, June 4, June 5, June 9, June 11)
Margaux De Valensart (June 1, June 3 , June 8, June 12, June 13)
Lax M, the old poet 
Jakob Högström 
(May 29, June 4, June 5, June 9, June 11)
Anton Ljungqvist  (June 1, June 3 , June 8, June 12, June 13)
Ringmaster, father of the Cristiani family Simon Wiborn
Ringmasters's wife Karolina Blixt
Mogador, eldest son of the Cristianis Nikolas Pulka
Second son of the Cristianis Aaron Hakala
Youngest son of the Cristianis Andreas De Ryck
Julia Pastrana, a circus artist Susanna Stern
Bruno, the old circus artist (Cristiani family) Lars Johansson Brissman
The orphan, a lion tamer Methinee Wongtrakoon
Enrico Rastelli, a circus artist Peter Åberg
Penelope Beatriz Pantojo
La Louisa Pierre Heault  
MUSICIANS
Minna Weurlander, accordion 
Viktor Nordliden, cello 
Inga Zeppezauer, violin 
Blagoj Lamnjov, clarinet 
Oscar Fransson, trumpet 
Martin Jönsson, bass trombone 
Sigvald Fersum, percussion 
RIGG DESIGN
Mathieu Grégoire 
Saar Rombout