King Roger


King Roger

Arts Centre Melbourne, State TheatreMay 19 – 27, 2017
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Fri 19.5.17
7:30 PM
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Tue 23.5.17
7:30 PM
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Thu 25.5.17
7:30 PM
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Sat 27.5.17
1:00 PM
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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 Arthur Espiritu, 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.

Enjoy dinner before the opera at Arts Centre Melbourne

A couple dines at Arts Centre Melbourne before the operaAllow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 6pm at Café Vic. You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $75, including matched wine. View the menu.

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Conductor Andrea Molino
Director Kasper Holten
Revival 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 Arthur Espiritu
Edrisi James Egglestone
Deaconess Dominica Matthews
Archiereios Gennadi Dubinsky

Opera Australia Chorus

Orchestra Victoria

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

Running time: approximately 2 hours, including one interval.

Sung in Polish with English surtitles.

Production Partner

Phillip Bacon Galleries

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

Be tempted...

Allow us to make your dinner reservation: 6pm at Café Vic. You'll be served a themed three-course set menu for just $75, including matched wine.

Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your subscription package.


Smoked duck, pickled grapes, walnut and truffle, petite salad of dwarf peaches
a glass of sparkling wine on arrival


Individual beef Wellington, beef marrow red wine jus, Mediterranean vegetable medley
+ a glass of Cabernet


Summer pudding, raspberry sorbet, meringue stick
+ tea or coffee

Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated, please send us an email after booking.

Published menu is subject to change without notice.
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