Conductor: Jan Kučera
Stage director: Sláva Daubnerová
Sets: Marija Havran
Costumes: Marija Havran
Dramaturgy: Pavel Graus
Light-design: Pavel Kotlík
Videoart: Lukáš Kodoň
Chorus master: Marek Vorlíček
The Kühn Choir of Prague
Dmitry Shostakovich’s two extravagant pieces give one of the possible answers to the question of what form opera should take in the wake of the end of Romanticism. All that has remained from the ambitious avant-garde opus Orango, about a human-ape, is an eloquent fragment. The Antiformalist Rayok is the composer’s bitterly grotesque protest against the dunces controlling culture in the Soviet Union, and elsewhere too.
The opera is staged in russian original language and czech and english surtitles are used in the performance.
Approximate running time, including intermission: 1hour, 20 minutes, one 20-minute intermission.