King Roger in Bratislava

Reading time: 1 min. Karol Szymanowski

Journeys to Italy and North Africa in the years between 1908 and 1914 had a lasting influence on Karol Szymanowski; turning away from the world of Wagner and Strauss, his interest shifted to ancient Greece and Islam – and his opera King Roger (he also wrote the libretto, together with Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz) is a product of that fundamental turnabout.

The historical Roger II (1095-1154) has little in common with his theatrical namesake; the plot is rooted in Euripides’ Bacchantes, oratorio-like tableaux portraying the conflict between Apollo and Dionysius, the intellect and the unconscious.

The work will be premièred at the Slovak National Theatre as part of the Eurokontext Festival on 15 June.

Read an in-depth article on the opera.



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King Roger

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