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Szymanowski: Król Roger Blu-ray (The Royal Opera) 2015

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 Kwiecień 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.

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Music: Karol Szymanowski
King Roger II of Sicily: Mariusz Kwiecien
Roxana: Georgia Jarman
Shepherd: Saimir Pirgu
Edrisi: Kim Begley
Archbishop: Alan Ewing
Deaconess: Agnes Zwierko

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Concert Master: Peter Manning
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Director: Kasper Holten 
Designs: Steffen Aarfing
Lighting: Jon Clark
Video Design: Luke Hall
Choreography: Cathy Marston  

Picture: 16:9
Sound: Dolby stereo/DTS Surround
Format: NTSC
Running Time: 88 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO
Year: 2015