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Salonen conducts Shostakovich's Orango

Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Peter Sellars, director

Timur Bekbosunov, Paul Mash, tenor

Eugene Brancoveanu, Orango, baritone

Ryan McKinny, Veselchak, bass-baritone

Abdiel Gonzales

Daniel Chaney

Jordan Bisch, Voice from the Crowd/Bass, bass

Michael Fabiano, Zoologist, tenor

Yulia Van Doren, Susanna, soprano

From the chorus:

Adriana Manfredi

Todd Strange

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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