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WSD2017|Król Roger
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Steffen Aarfing

Król Roger

Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design, Set Design, Costume Design

Design Statement

Initially set in medieval Byzantine, this interpretation would focus on the religious, moral and sexual dilemmas of the protagonist, rather than trying to relay a pictorial, historic fantasy. The opera is literally set inside his head, the period indicated in the costumes, relates to the time of composition, 1927.
The design and realisation of the set implied using new 3d design and fabrication technologies, in a workflow that opens new doors in operatic design.
The intricate lighting design, with several light sources inside the head, was done by Jon Clark.
Based on the digital model, Luke Halls invented the projection designs, mapped to the rotating head.

Steffen Aarfing

Steffen studied architecture at the danish Royal Academy of Arts, and did his first stage design in 1980.

Since then, he has designed numerous plays and operas as well as worked in the field of movie production design and theatre architecture.
Often in collaboration with Marie í Dali, he has designed several opera-productions with the director Kasper Holten, among them:
Verdi “La Traviata” in Stockholm ,“Le Grand Macabre” by Ligeti, both in Copenhagen and at the San Francisco Opera, the complete “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in Copenhagen Opera, and, both in Vienna: Wolfgang Rihm’s “Jakob Lenz” and Giancarlo Menottis “Goya”. Also a Don Carlo in Copenhagen and Lohengrin in Moscow, and also to a new approach to opera-movies, JUAN, shot in Budapest. Production designed by Steffen, costume design by Marie with Andras Nagy as DoP.. The film was done entirely on location, and the singing was done on set.
Another Lohengrin created controversy at Deutsche Oper in Berlin spring 2012. In Helsinki, a new production of Tristan und Isolde , directed by Elisabeth Linton, costumes by Marie í Dali.

Steffen did his first “Nozze di Figaro” with Johannes Schaaf’s Mannheim production in 2005, the second in summer 2007 in Vienna, at theater an der Wien, with Marie í Dali and Kasper Holten. The latest in Copenhagen 2016.

Recent productions includes the operas "Das Liebesverbot" in Madrid and "The turn of the Screw" at La Scala, Milan.

Szymanovsky's Król Roger opened at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in May 2015, and in Sydney in January 2017. It will also travel to Dallas and Poznan.

Email Address: scenograferne@me.com

Theatre Company royal Opera House, UK.

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-05-01

The Premiere Space of Production Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. London.

Author karol Szymanowski

Director/ Choreographer kasper Holten

Set Designer steffen Aarfing

Lighting Designer jon Clark

Costume Designer steffen Aarfing

Sound Designer -

Projection and Multi-Media Designer luke Halls

Other Creative Collaborator/s conducted by Antonio Pappano
Choreography by Cathy Marston