Champagne not Orange Juice
Prokofiev's 'The Love of Three Oranges',
reviewed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
In the new Maggio Musicale Fiorentino production which opened on 1 June 2014 (with this review based on that performance), Sergei Prokofiev's second completed opera (juvenilia apart), L'amour des trois oranges, is not a fresh glass of orange juice (as the title might imply), but a bubbling flute of top quality champagne. The audience laughed at several moments, and at the end erupted in a ten minute standing ovation. The opera lasts about two hours and is made up of a prologue and four acts. It was an excellent idea to divide it into two parts of nearly an hour each...
Copyright © 8 June 2014