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Articles tagged with "Karol Szymanowski"

Król Roger available on DVD/Blu-Ray

2 November 2015

Kasper Holten's acclaimed Royal Opera production of Szymanowski's rare opera is now available to buy.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team discuss Król Roger

16 May 2015

Films from the live stream of Karol Szymanowski's sumptuous opera Król Roger, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

How to Stage an Opera: Opening the inner world of Król Roger

11 May 2015

When the huge stage you're working on can accommodate 33 red London buses, how do directors illuminate the nuanced inner struggles of a character?

Watch: Kasper Holten – ‘The brilliance of Król Roger is that it is at once deeply personal and incredibly universal’

7 May 2015

Royal Opera Director discusses the treasures of early 20th-century opera and staging Karol Szymanowski’s Król Roger.

Król Roger Musical Highlight: Roxana’s Song

1 May 2015

The sensuous siren call of King Roger’s wife is one of the opera’s most intoxicating moments.

A Fusion of Styles: Sicily, Szymanowski and Król Roger

28 April 2015

Sicily's eclectic history inspired the Polish composer to fuse a variety of different styles in his masterful opera.

Creator and Destroyer: Chaos vs control in Szymanowski’s Król Roger

24 April 2015

The composer was fascinated by Nietzsche’s theories of mankind’s opposing desires for control and for chaos – theories that drive the dilemma of King Roger.

Opera in the Real World Part 2: The historical figures behind some of opera's greatest characters

22 April 2015

Composers have often looked to the real world for operatic inspiration – though their real-life subjects often undergo some operatization on their way to the stage.

Eastern Promises: The allure of the Orient in opera and ballet

27 March 2015

Composers and choreographers have long explored the difference in cultures between East and West.

Opera Essentials: Król Roger

10 March 2015

Our quick guide to Szymanowski’s sumptuous opera on self-control and desire.

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