King Roger


King Roger

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House


Watching his wife dance under the stranger's spell, King Roger struggles with his own passions: choosing between the sacred love he knows and the sensuous, glittering realm of hedonism the shepherd preaches.

Szymanowski's intoxicating, iridescent music is rarely heard on the opera stage, so don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear a 20th-century Polish masterpiece.

This co-production with the Royal Opera House was first performed in Covent Garden and was "rapturously acclaimed" by critics who described Kasper Holten's arresting staging as a "major artistic triumph" (The Telegraph, UK).

Andrea Molino conducts a cast led by Saimir Pirgu, Lorina Gore and Michael Honeyman.


The shepherd's voice is lyrical, exotic, heady with the promise of eternal ecstasy. His message is dangerously seductive, and one by one, the people abandon themselves to the worship of desire, pure in its profanity.

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Head up the stairs at the Joan Sutherland Theatre to enjoy the pop-up bar with an unbeatable view of the harbour, exclusive to ticket holders. The bar opens 90 minutes before evening performances. See the menu.

Conductor Andrea Molino
Director Kasper Holten
Revival Director Amy Lane
Assistant Director Matthew Barclay 
Set & Costume Designer Steffen Aarfing
Lighting Designer Jon Clark
Video Designer Luke Halls
Choreographer Cathy Marston
Fight Coordinator Nigel Poulton
King Roger Michael Honeyman
Roxana Lorina Gore
Shepherd Saimir Pirgu
Edrisi James Egglestone
Deaconess Dominica Matthews
Archiereios Gennadi Dubinsky

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra

Children's Chorus: Gondwana Choirs

A co-production with the Royal Opera House and Dallas Opera.

Running time: approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including one interval.

Production Partner

Phillip Bacon Galleries

Organised in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music program.

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 In association with

Sydney Festival

"This superb production is a rare chance to see something rich and strange."

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Szymanowski’s score is a voluptuously beautiful, imagina­tively coloured, stylistically diverse masterpiece."

The Australian (subscription required)

"Szymanowski rarity marries spectacular staging with an intense erotic charge."

Limelight Magazine

"The sets are striking and the work leaves an outstanding impression of musical and intellectual originality."

Sydney City News

"Michael Honeyman is outstanding as King Roger."

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