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Scene from the performance King Roger, directed by: Kasper Holten, 2015, photo: Bill Cooper / The Royal Opera

On 20th January 2017, the Australian premiere of King Roger, directed by Kaspar Holten, will take place. The performance will be presented in Sydney and Melbourne, and is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and its Polska Music programme.

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Photographs from the production of Karol Szymanowski's opera King Roger directed by Kasper Holten at the Royal Opera House in London. The stage design was created by Steffen Aarfing and the signing role of King Roger was performed by Mariusz Kwiecień. The premiere was held on 1st May 2015.

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Kasper Holten, photo: Matrixmedia / Forum

Have we forgotten Apollo? Kasper Holten asks in the wake of the premiere of King Roger at the Royal Opera House in London.

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A scene from David Pountney's production of opera King Roger, photo: Krzysztof Bieliński

King Roger Op. 46 is Szymanowski's second opera. One of the composer's greatest and most widely discussed works, it is perhaps his opus magnum.

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King Roger, image by AKA © ROH, 2014

For the first time King Roger by Karol Szymanowski will be showcased on the stage of The Royal Opera House in May 2015. The show is directed by the Director of Opera Kasper Holten, while the title role will be performed by Mariusz Kwiecień.

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On May 16 at 8pm Polish time, the premiere of Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger at the Royal Opera House in London will be available to stream on Culture.pl

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Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz w wieku 20 lat z psem Nielsem, 1914., fot. z archiwum Muzeum w Stawisku/FOTONOVA

Meet the co-founder of the experimental pre-war Skamander group, a subtle aesthete who was also condemned for his political opportunism, a caring husband preoccupied with homosexual love affairs throughout his life.

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Mariusz Kwiecień as 'King Roger' on the stage of the Santa Fe Opera, photo: Ken Howard / The Santa Fe Opera

An operatic baritone, he is a bona fide star on the international opera circuit today, a prime actor on major stages, and has received critical acclaim for his talents.

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An operatic baritone, he is a bona fide star on the international opera circuit today, a prime actor on major stages, and has received critical acclaim for his talents.

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Jose Luis Sola ( Shepherd) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Król Roger / King Roger), photo: E. Moreno Esquibel / ABAO-OLBE

The ABAO-OLBE company in Bilbao premieres director Michał Znaniecki's production of the opera King Roger on the 24th of November. The new Spanish production of composer Karol Szymanowski's masterwork features Mariusz Kwiecień, the renowned Polish baritone, in the title role

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Mariusz Kwiecień and Erin Morley in King Roger at the Santa Fe Opera, photo: Ken Howard

While some blame falls on the director for failing to bring out all of the assets of Szymanowski's oeuvre, the reviews of principal soloist Mariusz are glowing. The beautiful, richly-toned voice of the Polish-born baritone gives the score an unmistakably stirring quality.

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World-class baritone Mariusz Kwiecień discovered the allure of King Roger several years ago when he was cast in Warlikowski's staging of the opera for performances in Paris and Madrid. He has since become its most enthusiastic proponents, urging programme directors across the world to include the work in their repertoire.

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Marcin Bronikowski in Eugene Onegin, Teatro Argentino de La Plata 2011. Photo: Diana Sansano

Two outstanding stars of Polish opera have been awarded Spain's prestigious Premios Líricos Teatro Campoamor.

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A group scene from the production of opera King Roger, photo: Krzysztof Bieliński

Karol Szymanowski's "King Roger" wrapped its international tour of Europe as part of the Polish EU Presidency's Cultural Programme with a staging in Kiev's Shevchenko National Opera House. Now it may become a fixture on the Ukranian Opera repertoire in the near future.

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Mikołaj Zalasiński (King Roger), photo: Krzysztof Bielińsk

Inaugural festivities for the Polish EU Presidency were topped by the premiere of Karol Szymanowski’s magnum opus "King Roger" at the Grand Theatre - National Opera House on the evening of July 1. Staged by the British opera director David Pountney, the production breathes new life into the early 20th-century score.

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A group scene from the production of opera King Roger, photo: Krzysztof Bieliński

Inaugural festivities for the Polish EU Presidency are topped by the premiere of Karol Szymanowski's magnum opus King Roger at the Grand Theatre - National Opera House on the evening of July 1. Staged by the British opera director David Pountney, the production breathes new life into the early 20th century score.

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Inaugural festivities for the Polish EU Presidency are topped by the premiere of Karol Szymanowski’s magnum opus "King Roger" at the Grand Theatre - National Opera House on the evening of July 1. Staged by the British opera director David Pountney, the production breathes new life into the early 20th century score.

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La Monnaie's King Roger poster

On the 9th of September, the opera impressed an audience of prestigious guests including the President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski and First Lady Anna Komorowska, as well as Prince Philip and Princess Mathilde.

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King Roger, directed by Krzysztof Warlikowsk at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, 2009

Director Krzysztof Warlikowski’s production of the opera by Karol Szymanowski comes two years after the highly controversial staging at the Opera National de Paris. Regarded by some as his opus magnum, King Roger is one of the most outstanding works by Szymanowski.

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