King Roger


King Roger

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseJanuary 20 – February 15, 2017
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Fri 20.1.17
7:30 PM
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Sat 28.1.17
7:30 PM
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Tue 31.1.17
7:30 PM
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Thu 2.2.17
7:30 PM
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Sat 4.2.17
7:30 PM
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Wed 8.2.17
7:30 PM
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Sat 11.2.17
1:00 PM
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Wed 15.2.17
7:30 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 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.

Conductor Andrea Molino
Director Kasper Holten
Revival Director Amy Lane
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

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Children's Chorus: Gondwana Choirs

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.

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