Photographer: Unidentified photographer.
Close-up of Burgess standing behind a lectern, reading from an unidentified text. (Possibly relating to the concert performance of King Oedipus, for Speaker, Chorus, and Orchestra, at the Whitney Museum in New York.)
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Michael Langham, Artistic Director at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota commissioned Burgess to write a new English translation of Sophocles' play, Oedipus the King, in 1972. The production opened at the Guthrie Theater on 24 October 1972, with text adapted by Burgess and a score by Stanley Silverman. After Oedipus the King opened, Burgess and Silverman adapted the script and music for concert performance as King Oedipus, for Speaker, Chorus, and Orchestra. The cantata was presented on 16 May 1973 at the Whitney Museum in New York, with Burgess narrating.