16 May 2015
Films from the live stream of Karol Szymanowski's sumptuous opera Król Roger, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.
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.
1 May 2015
The sensuous siren call of King Roger’s wife is one of the opera’s most intoxicating moments.
28 April 2015
Sicily's eclectic history inspired the Polish composer to fuse a variety of different styles in his masterful opera.
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.
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.
27 March 2015
Composers and choreographers have long explored the difference in cultures between East and West.
10 March 2015
Our quick guide to Szymanowski’s sumptuous opera on self-control and desire.
17 October 2014
With artworks hostage to fashion and cultural sentiment, why a little digging might unearth a new classic.