King Roger

Karol Szymanowski

The imposing 1920s opera by Polish Karol Szymanovski is experiencing a renaissance around the world. This is the first time it will be seen on a Finnish opera stage.

Set in the multicultural 12th century Sicily, this mystery play pulls the audience in with intoxicatingly poetic music. At the same time, it’s an almost spiritual experience – the story of a king, his wife, and a young shepherd who lays out visions of temptations and sensuality in front of the conservative court.

What prevails in the end is the eternal conflict between the body and the soul, between rationality and instincts.

This intensive love triangle features artists of the new generation. Soprano Helena Juntunen will shine as Roxana, Swedish baritone Fredrik Zetterström sings the role of King Roger, and tenor Gerald Schneider appears as the Shepherd. Schneider’s charismatic stage presence has been likened to that of a popstar.

”Gerard Schneider as the Shepherd is a perfect casting.” / ”Gerard Schneider als Hirte ist eine perfekte Wahl.”
– BR Klassik, 2019

The Opera Festival has been postponed to summer 2021 due to the coronavirus epidemic. This summer’s programme will be performed in Olavinlinna in one year’s time. If you have bought or reserved a ticket for summer 2020, don’t worry. Your reservation has been moved to next year. Read more here.

Team

  • Conductor

    Ville Matvejeff

  • Director

    Erik Söderblom

  • Set concept

    Erik Söderblom

  • Costum designer

    Manuela Paladin Šabanović

  • Lightning designer

    Ville Seppänen

  • Chorus master

    Matti Hyökki

  • Children's choir coach

    Leena Astikainen

  • Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir
    Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra
    Savonlinna Opera Festival Children’s Choir

  • Language

    Polish

  • Subtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    approx. 2 hours 20 minutes. One interval.

Cast

Fredrik Zetterström
Roger
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Helena Juntunen
Roxana
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Gerard Schneider
Shepherd
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Karol Kozlowski
Edrisi
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Päivi Nisula
Diakonissa / Deaconess
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