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.

Soprano Helena Juntunen will shine as Roxana and Swedish baritone Fredrik Zetterström sings the role of King Roger.

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.


  • Conductor

    Ville Matvejeff

  • Director

    Erik Söderblom

  • Set concept

    Erik Söderblom

  • Costume designer

    Manuela Paladin Šabanović

  • Lighting and video 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


  • Subtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    approx. 2 hours 20 minutes. One interval.


Fredrik Zetterström
King Roger
Helena Juntunen
Karol Kozłowski
Päivi Nisula
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