Karol Szymanowski



King Roger is among the major oeuvres by Karol Szymanowski. The Festival brings it in one of the best directorial concepts by the foremost Polish director Michał Znaniecki. The opera King Roger is coming to the SND stage for the very first time.

The new SND building, Opera and Ballet hall

Following the success of Prokofiev’s opera The Love for Three Oranges (2014) sa Michał Znaniecki makes a comeback on stage in Krakow to stage King Roger. Szymanowski’s modernist oeuvre (1924) is recently drawing growing attention and is often staged worldwide. Some of the popular productions of the music drama include those by the stage director Krzystof Warlikowski (Opéra Bastille, Paris, 2009; Teatro Real, Madrid, 2011), Michał Znaniecki (Bilbao, 2012) or by Kasper Holten (Royal Opera House, London, 2015). Znaniecki’s Krakow staging accentuates human dimension of the oeuvre: the king explores his own individuality in its essential facets – a man, leader, head of family, father, husband. He undergoes emotional and mental transformation to raise the fundamental questions about the meaning of being.

Musical direction and conductor: Łukasz Borowicz
Director and costumes design: Michał Znaniecki
Set design: Luigi Scoglio
Lighting design: Bogumił Palewicz
Choreography: Diana Theocharidis
Chorus masters: Zygmunt Magiera, Marek Kluza