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.

The young director, dramaturg and creative director Krystian Lada sees opera as a vibrant art form that’s ideal for bringing people together. He was the first recipient of the Mortier Next Generation Award in 2019 for his exceptional promise in the field of new opera and music theatre.


  • Conductor

    Ville Matvejeff

  • Director

    Krystian Lada

  • Assistant to stage director

    Émilie Rault

  • Assistant stage director

    Emilie Rault

  • Set designer

    Didzis Jaunzems

  • Costume designer

    Bente Rolandsdotter

  • Lighting designer

    Maarten Warmerdam

  • 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

    2 hrs 20 min, incl. one interval


Fredrik Zetterström
Helena Juntunen
Karol Kozlowski
Sam Furness
Paimen / Shepherd
Juha Kotilainen
Arkkipiispa / Archbishop
Päivi Nisula
Diakonissa / Deaconess