Szymanowski: King Roger Wed 14.7. at 19:00 - 21:20

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

Conductor: Ville Matvejeff
Director: Erik Söderblom
Set consept: Erik Söderblom
Costume designer: Manuela Paladin Šabanović
Lighting and videos: Ville Seppänen
Chorus master: Matti Hyökki

July 3 (premiere)
July 8 & 14, 2021 at 19
Tickets from 95 €
Language: Polish
Surtitles in Finnish and English
Duration: approx. 2 hrs 20 min, incl. one interval

Cast including
Fredrik Zetterström, Helena Juntunen, Gerard Schneider, Karol Kozłowski, Päivi Nisula

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


Event Location
Olavinlinna Castle
Olavinlinna, 57130, Savonlinna
Savonlinnan Oopperajuhlat
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