Revealing the best kept secret in opera

King_Roger_EIF_08.png(Photo: Marek Grotowski)
Michael Tumelty [The Herald, 16 July 2008]
The fact that Karol Szymanowski’s opera King Roger, a great masterpiece by Poland’s most neglected composer, will be staged at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival is good news for connoisseurs. The fact this Polish production will be performed by St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Opera Company, and conducted by Valery Gergiev, should guarantee an appropriately grand, serious and opulent performance.