Szymanowski - Krol Roger (Blu-ray)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OABD7162D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th October 2015
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Kasper Holten’s production (The Royal Opera’s first) of Król Roger (King Roger) brought the opera back to the London stage after an absence of almost 40 years.
Karol Szymanowski’s masterpiece powerfully presents the dilemmas of culture versus nature and man versus beast, and movingly depicts King Roger’s inner struggles as he moves from an impossible life of repressed desires to the other extreme, giving in to his own demons. Meanwhile Roger’s people, seduced by the promises of the mysterious Shepherd, are drawn towards totalitarianism and repression.
Antonio Pappano conducts Szymanowksi’s opulent and beautiful score, with a cast including Mariusz Kwiecien as Roger (one of the greatest interpreters of the role today), Saimir Pirgu as the Shepherd, and Georgia Jarman in her Royal Opera debut as Roger’s loving queen Roxana.
- King Roger II of Sicily: Mariusz Kwiecien
- Roxana: Georgia Jarman
- Shepherd: Saimir Pirgu
- Edrisi: Kim Begley
- Archbishop: Alan Ewing
- Deaconess: Agnes Zwierko
Director: Kasper Holten
"... directed with flair, clarity and intelligence by Kasper Holten. Steffen Aarfing’s setting of a tiered arena dominated by a massive sculpted head is enormously impressive..." - The Daily Telegraph
Running time: 88 minutes
Sound format: LPCM stereo/DTS Master Audio 5.1
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