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.    

Photo: Mats Bäcker

Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
Circus days and nights
MUSIC Philip Glass
LIBRETTO David Henry Hwang, Tilde Björfors
(based on poems by Robert Lax)
CONDUCTOR Minna Weurlander  
LIGHTNING DESIGN Ellen Ruge/Robert Hvenström
SOUND DESIGN Avgoustos Psillas 
CHOREOGRAPHY Methinee Wongtrakoon, Simon Wiborn
RIGG DESIGN Saar Rombout 
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)
Jakob Högström (May 29, June 4, June 5, June 9, June 11)
Anton Ljungqvist  (June 1, June 3 , June 8, June 12, June 13)
ROBERT LAX as a child Methinee Wongtrakoon
MR. CRISTIANI ringmaster Simon Wiborn
MRS. CRISTIANI ringmaster Karolina Blixt
MOGADOR, eldest Cristiani son aerial acrobat Nikolas Pulka
BELMONTE second son acrobat Aaron Hakala
PARAITO youngest son acrobat Andreas De Ryck
BRUNO former circus star Lars Johansson Brissman
JULIA sideshow artist Susanna Stern
ENRICO RASTELLI juggler Peter Åberg
LA LOUISA trapeze artist Pierre Heault
PENELOPE aerial acrobat Bia Pantojo
THE ORPHAN a lion tamer Methinee Wongtrakoon
Malmö Opera chorus
Minna Weurlander, accordion 
Viktor Nordliden, cello 
Inga Zeppezauer, violin 
Blagoj Lamnjov, clarinet 
Oscar Fransson, trumpet 
Martin Jönsson, bass trombone 
Sigvald Fersum, percussion 
Malmo Opera choir
Mathieu Grégoire 
Saar Rombout 

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You can live stream Circus Days and Nights with English subtitles here. 

The full-length performance of Circus Days and Nights will be broadcast live online, at the regular performance time. You can choose to watch the live stream on your computer, tablet or smartphone.


  1. The day before, and at noon on the day of the performance, you will receive an email with a password. (The password will only work on the day of the broadcast).
  2. Click on PLAY button below.
  3. Enter your password. 
  4. All set! You will now be able to enjoy the live performance online.​

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To stream the performance, click on the PLAY button in the picture above. If you can't see a PLAY button, click here for the performance stream.

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Need help? Take a look at this list of frequently asked questions. If you can't find what you are looking for, call us at 040-208500 and we will do anything we can to help! We will be available one hour before and 30 minutes after the performance starts. Keep in mind that we unfortunately won’t be able to help you with technical issues having to do with the equipment in your home.

Movement II features the lyric and music from “Be a Hobo" by Moondog
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