The Love for Three Oranges

[L’Amour des Trois Oranges]

Sergey Prokofiev (1891 – 1953)

Opera in a prologue and four acts; Libretto by Sergey Prokofiev based on a tale by Carlo Gozzi; First performed on 30th December, 1921 in Chicago; Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 9. December, 2012

In French language with German and English surtitles

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Conductor Steven Sloane
Stage Production Robert Carsen
Stage-Design Paul Steinberg
Costume-Design Buki Shiff
Light-Design Robert Carsen
Peter Van Praet
Video Robert Pflanz
Chorus Master William Spaulding
Choreography Philippe Giraudeau
King of Clubs Ante Jerkunica
The Prince Thomas Blondelle
Princess Clarice N. N.
Léandre Markus Brück
Truffaldino Burkhard Ulrich
Pantaloon Bastiaan Everink
Chelio Marko Mimica
Fata Morgana Barbara Krieger
Princess Linetta Alexandra Hutton
Princess Nicoletta Stephanie Lauricella
Princess Ninetta Heidi Stober
A Gigantic Cook Andrew Harris
Farfarello, A herald Seth Carico
Smeraldine Christina Sidak
Master of Ceremonies Jörg Schörner
Chorus of the ridicolous people Paul Kaufmann
Chorus of the ridicolous people Gideon Poppe
Chorus of the ridicolous people Matthew Peña
Chorus of the ridicolous people Alvaro Zambrano
Chorus of the ridicolous people
Chorus of the ridicolous people Noel Bouley
Chorus of the ridicolous people Thomas Lehman
Chorus of the ridicolous people Carlton Ford
Chorus of the ridicolous people Simon Pauly
Chorus Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Orchestra Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Dance Opernballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin
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Philosophical tragedy! Heart-warming comedy! Lyrical drama! Ingenious tomfoolery! Such are the motley conceptions of what this opera should be, as expressed by the characters from the audience who invade the stage in the Prologue to Sergei Prokofiev's opera. And yet THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES, after a play by the Venetian Carlo Gozzi, not only incorporates aspects of all of these genres but also combines tragedy with comedy, poetry with the grotesque and fairytale with satire to produce a grandiose piece of theatre that has wowed audiences around the world since its premiere in 1921.

That this story of a lovelorn prince has become the most beloved of Prokofiev's operas is down not only to its quirky and spirited music, however, but also to the interpretive freedom provided by his rich, visual world with its cast of magicians, fairies and card-playing queens. With audiences free to read the work as fanciful fairytale, shrewd political satire or glamorous revue, it is small wonder that Robert Carsen loves this particular opera. The Canadian director will be familiar to Deutsche Oper Berlin audiences from his stagings of Strauss' ARIADNE ON NAXOS and Verdi's MACBETH. THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES, performed here unsurprisingly in the French original, is Carsen's first brand new production at a Berlin opera house.

Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin

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Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance