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Philip Glass' New Opera: "Circus Days and Nights"

Co-produced by the Swedish Cirkus Cirkör and Malmö Opera, the production features a unique fusion of circus and opera based on a collection of poems by American poet Robert Lax

 

Premiered online, the Opera was co-created with librettists David Henry Hwang and circus director Tilde Björfors.

The 150-minute production takes audiences on a spectacular adventure into the world of the circus and the performers who dedicate their lives to this art.

Lax’s writings, which explore a fascination with the traveling circus in 1940s America, have long inspired Glass and director Björfors.

"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," Glass said.

 

 

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