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Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director
Peter Sellars, director
Timur Bekbosunov, Paul Mash, tenor
Eugene Brancoveanu, Orango, baritone
Ryan McKinny, Veselchak, bass-baritone
Jordan Bisch, Voice from the Crowd/Bass, bass
Michael Fabiano, Zoologist, tenor
Yulia Van Doren, Susanna, soprano
From the chorus:
Ben Zamora, lighting designer
About This Performance
Orango is an unfinished satirical opera by Shostakovich, sketched while he was writing Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. He and his librettists conceived “a political lampoon against the bourgeois press,” concerning a human-ape hybrid. Of the projected Prologue and three acts, only the 40-minute Prologue was completed, in piano vocal score, which was just discovered in 2006. The LA Phil takes great pride in presenting the world premiere of this lost work, newly orchestrated by English composer Gerard McBurney.
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