Circus Days and Nights (Glass) Malmö 2021 Rombo Högström Wiborn Blixt
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Information on the Performance
- Work Title: Circus Days and Nights
- Composer: Glass Philip
- Libretto: David Henry Hwang, Tilde Björfors based on poems by Robert Lax    Libretto Text, Libretto Index
- Venue & Opera Company: Malmö Opera, Sweden
- Recorded: May 29, 2021
- Type: Staged Opera Live
- Singers: Elin Rombo, Jakob Högström, Simon Wiborn, Karolina Blixt, Nikolas Pulka, Aaron Hakala, Andreas De Ryck, Susanna Stern, Lars Johansson, Methinee Wongtrakoon, Peter Åberg
- Conductor: Minna Weurlander
- Orchestra: Instrumental Ensemble
- Chorus: Malmö Operakör
- Choreographer: Methinee Wongtrakoon, Simon Wiborn
Information about the Recording
- Published by: Malmö Opera
- Date Published: 2021
- Format: Streaming
- Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
- Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs, othersubs
- Video Recording from: Malmö Opera     FULL VIDEO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PERFORMANCE
2021 is the world premiere of Circus Days and Nights, a newly written opera by Philip Glass with libretto by David Henry Hwang and Tilde Björfors, based on a collection of poems by Robert Lax. Circus Days and Nights is co-produced by Cirkus Cirkör and Malmö Opera, with a world premiere at Malmö Opera on May 29, 2021.
A newly written circus opera in three acts by the legendary composer Philip Glass. In the collection of poems Circus Days and Nights, we get to follow when the poet Robert Lax was fascinated by acrobatics and circus art and joins a circus society in 1940s America. For Lax, the circus becomes a metaphor for life and human endeavor. Circus Days and Nights will be a cross-border experience when the circus arena is moved into the opera hall.
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.