Chicago Opera Theater Opens New Season With Historic ‘King Roger’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Chicago Opera Theatre will kick off its 2022-23 season with  Karol Szymanowski and Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz’s “King Roger.”

The opera, which will be presented in Polish with English subtitles, will open on Nov. 18th with one additional showcase on the 20th.

Presented at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, “King Roger” is the first opera in the company’s history to be presented in Polish, with a semi-staged production featuring a massive 120-singer choir and 72-piece orchestra. It presented in partnership with Chicago’s premier Polish dance and music organization the Lira Ensemble.

Under the baton of COT Elizabeth Morse and Genius Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya, the opera will star tenor Mariusz Godlewski, soprano Iwona Sobotka, and tenor Tyrone Chambers Il. Rounding out the cast are Paul Chwe MinChul An, David Cangelosi and Alissa Anderson.

The Production will be directed by Dylan Evans.

“It’s a masterpiece that should have been heard in Chicago years ago. Musically he was way ahead of his time,” Yankovskaya said in an official press statement.