King Roger

 

Karol Szymanowski King Roger opera to libretto by the composer and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz. Directed 2009 by David Pountney at the Festival House of the Bregenz Festspiele. Stars Scott Hendricks (King Roger), Olga Pasichnyk (Roxana), John Graham-Hall (Edrisi), Will Hartmann (Shepherd), Sorin Coliban (Archbishop), Liubov Sokolova (Deaconess), Justyna Dyla (Voice 1), and Mariusz Stefanski (Voice 2). Sir Mark Elder conducts the Wiener Symphoniker, the Children's Chorus of Musikhauptschule Bregenz (Chorus Masters Wolfgang Schwendinger and Hiltrud Fußenegger), the Katowice City Singers' Ensemble - Camerata Silesia (Chorus Master Anna Szostak), the Polish Radio Choir Kraków (Chorus Master Włodzimierz Siedlik), and the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium (Leader Herbert Walser-Breuss). Trumpets: Daniel Huber, Gabriel Morre, Roman Pizio, and Bernhard Plagg. Sets by Raimund Bauer; costumes by Marie-Jeanne Lecca; lighting by Fabrice Kebour; choreography by Beate Vollack; video design by Gilles Papain. Directed for TV by Felix Breisach. Subtitles in German, English, French, Spanish, and Catalan. Released in 2010, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio surround sound. Grade: D

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