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King Roger ⚡️ Król Roger


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King Roger ⚡️ Król Roger

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Friday, 7PM to 9PM
November 18, 2022


Chicago Opera Theater




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King Roger ⚡️ Król Roger

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Friday, 7PM to 9PM
November 18, 2022

The Polish Museum of America

984 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60642-4101


You might like this if…

  • You enjoy epic film scores

  • you love exploring what religion means to you and to our society

  • The symphony is your jam, especially large scale symphonic works by Eastern European composers

  • You’re into mysticism and meditation


  • You want to change the world and are fascinated by leaders of social movements

The Story

When Queen Roxana begs King Roger to pardon the lowly shepherd accused of preaching a philosophy of pleasure it leads the mighty King to fight his inner turmoil. Torn between societal expectations and the provocative ideas of the new stranger, King Roger must decide his path forward.

The ~Vibe~

Mysticism, romance, seduction, interconnectedness

What’s cool about this show?

  • Can you believe that between 1918 and 1924, Szymanowski spent nearly six years finishing this opera, King Roger?

  • Karol Szymanowski and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz are cousins who worked together to write the libretto for this opera.

  • Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya was named Chicagoan of the Year in 2020, and more recently chosen to be included in the Newcity Stage Players 50 2022: The Music Makers

  • Director Dylan Evans began his career as an assistant stage director for COT back in 2013 for Macbeth, and will now be directing the 22/23 season opening show, King Roger.

  • The Apollo Chorus of Chicago will return to COT for the first time since Everest/Aleko (2019/2020) to form the epic choir for King Roger, and they'll be joined with a COT debut by Chicago’s Polish musical leader, The Lira Chamber Chorus of the Lira Ensemble.

Patrons can obtain the 20% discount using code MUSEUM to King Roger. (Subject to availability, applies to ticket levels A through E. This offer is not available on previously purchased tickets. Limit 4 tickets per household.)

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