King Roger II

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(Szymanowski: King Roger). Bar. King of Sicily, husband of Roxana. Is asked by the church to imprison the Shepherd who is preaching a life of beauty and pleasure. Persuaded from doing so by his wife, who is fascinated by the Shepherd and follows him to a Dionysian existence. The King manages to resist the temptation to join them. Created (1926) by Eugeniusz Mossakowski.

Subjects: Opera.

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