The opera, King Roger, is the supreme work of Karol Szymanowski, whose creation was finished between 1918-1924. The libretto was written by the composer in collaboration with his distant cousin Jaroslaw Iwaskiewicz, who later became well-known Polish writer. After several visits to Italy and Sicily, Szymanowski was fascinated by their culture and history, as well as the unknown worlds that opened up to him in Mediterranean surroundings.
King Roger has been performed in many parts of the world, and the Slavic Season brings the opera to Hungary. The production directed by Anton Korenči is a guest performance by the National Theatre Košice as part of the 10th Theatre Olympics.