Video design for the critically acclaimed production of Orango, Shostakovich’s unfinished Opera at the Royal Festival Hall.
Dmitry Shostakovich: Orango Prologue orch. Gerard McBurney (European premiere)
(concert performance in Russian with English surtitles)
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a concert performance of the unfinished satirical opera Orango recently orchestrated by composer Gerard McBurney.
The satirical opera Orango was sketched out while Shostakovich was writing Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. He and his librettists conceived ‘a political lampoon against the bourgeois press’ involving a human-ape hybrid, but when the librettists failed to deliver their script in time for the planned 15th anniversary of the Revolution, the whole thing was dropped.
See below for sections of the video designs with accompanying music.