Los Angeles Philharmonic Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale and soloists in the world premiere of the PROLOGUE TO ORANGO, Shostakovich's unfinished opera, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, at 8 p.m., as well as Sunday, December 4, at 2 p.m. The satirical opera about a half-man, half-ape, was sketched in 1932, and discovered in 2006, at Moscow's Glinka Museum by Russian musicologist Olga Digonskaya. At the request of Shostakovich's widow and Digonskaya, British composer Gerard McBurney developed the orchestration of ORANGO in 2009.
The confirmed cast includes:
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Peter Sellars, director
Ben Zamora, lighting designer
Ryan McKinny (The Entertainer), bass-baritone
Jordan Bisch (Voice from the Crowd/Bass), bass
Michael Fabiano (Zoologist), tenor
Eugene Brancoveanu (Orango), baritone
Yulia van Doren (Suzanna), soprano
Timur Bekbosunov (Paul Mâche), tenor
Adriana Manfredi (Renée), contralto
Abdiel Gonzalez (Armand Fleury), baritone
Daniel Chaney (Foreigner 1), tenor
Todd Strange (Foreigner 2), tenor
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon, music director
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 (composed later that decade, but withheld by the composer until the early 1960s) completes the program.
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Performances will be Friday, December 2, 2011, at 8 PM, Saturday, December 3, 2011, at 8 PM, and Sunday, December 4, 2011, at 2 PM at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
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