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.
King Roger at the Royal Opera House
Listen to 'Boze poblogoslaw!' from King Roger
|Revival Director||Amy Lane|
|Set & Costume Designer||Steffen Aarfing|
|Lighting Designer||Jon Clark|
|Video Designer||Luke Halls|
|Fight Coordinator||Nigel Poulton|
|King Roger||Michael Honeyman|
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.