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The Love for Three Oranges

Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2005

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2005


Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Richard Hickox

Teddy Tahu Rhodes

baritone - Leandro

Warwick Fyfe

baritone - Pantaloon

Jud Arthur

bass - Chelio

Richard Alexander

bass - Farfarello

Tim Dufore

bass - Herald

Arend Baumann

bass - The Cook

Bruce Martin

bass - The King of Clubs

Deborah Humble

contralto - Clarissa

Wendy Dawn Thompson

contralto - Linetta

Sally-Anne Russell

mezzo-soprano - Nicoleta

Catherine Carby

mezzo-soprano - Smeraldina

Elizabeth Whitehouse

soprano - Fata Morgana

Ali McGregor

soprano - NInetta

Graeme Macfarlane

tenor - Master of Ceremonies

John Mac Master

tenor - The Prince

William Ferguson

tenor - Truffaldino

Opera Australia Chorus


Sydney Opera House


Ralph Couzens


Allan Maclean

Tony David Cray


Record Label




Total Time - 99:15
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The Love for Three Oranges

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  premiere recording in English  

The Love for Three Oranges

  An opera in four acts and a prologue. Libretto by the composer, for Vsevolod Meyerhold's adaptation of L'amore delle tre melarance by Carlo Gozzi  
  English version by Tom Stoppard  
  A production by Opera Australia recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in February 2005  
1 'What we want is genuine tragedy!' 3:57
  Act I 22:44      
  Scene 2  
2 'Oh, poor boy! Tell me the worst. What are his chances?' 3:53
3 'Don't worry. . . don't worry. . .' 3:29
4 'Leandro, please lay on a sort of royal variety show.' 1:21
  Scene 2  
5 'It's Chelio!' 3:44
6 'The best-laid plans of mice and men can meet frustration.' 5:17
7 'Who's that?' 4:57
  Act II 22:53      
  Scene 1  
8 'Howzat?!' 3:59
9 'Here they come. . . ain't it grand? It's beginning, so hurry, hurry!' 2:55
  Scene 2  
10 'For your delight, I present first, this!' 1:58
11 'Who are you? What do you want here?' 3:04
12 'Who is this woman?' 5:11
13 'I want an apple, or a banana. . . perhaps a cherry. . .' 5:43
  Act III 38:56      
  Scene 1  
14 'Farfarello! Farfarello!' 4:56
15 'Wind has died. We must be in Orange country' 4:04
  Scene 2  
16 'We're here.' 1:55
17 'Fee-fi-fo-fum! I heard a noise. Where's my ladle?' 5:52
  Scene 3  
18 'We've lost our following wind, no wonder that we're getting nowhere!' 3:48
19 'Where did the girl come from?' 5:15
  Truffaldino 5:15      
20 'We're alone, at last, my marmalade, my dessert, my true love' 8:06
21 'Smeraldina. . . with a needle! Fata Morgana! Hey, look out behind you!' 4:57
  Act IV 10:56      
  Scene 1  
22 'Ah! I'll get you for this, I'll get you for this, see if I don't. . .!' 3:17
  Scene 2  
23 'Are you ready?' 1:31
24 'Would you be Ninetta?' 3:19
25 'Arrest them!' 2:47
  Truffaldino, Pantaloon and Master of Ceremonies  
 Bruce Martin bass - The King of Clubs
 John Mac Master tenor - The Prince
 Deborah Humble contralto - Clarissa
 Teddy Tahu Rhodes baritone - Leandro
 William Ferguson tenor - Truffaldino
 Warwick Fyfe baritone - Pantaloon
 Jud Arthur bass - Chelio
 Elizabeth Whitehouse soprano - Fata Morgana
 Wendy Dawn Thompson contralto - Linetta
 Sally-Anne Russell mezzo-soprano - Nicoleta
 Ali McGregor soprano - NInetta
 Arend Baumann bass - The Cook
 Richard Alexander bass - Farfarello
 Catherine Carby mezzo-soprano - Smeraldina
 Graeme Macfarlane tenor - Master of Ceremonies
 Tim Dufore bass - Herald
  Eccentrics, Tragedians, Comics, Lyrics, Empty Heads, Doctors, Little Devils, Courtiers, Monsters, Drunkards, Guards, Servants and Soldiers  
 Richard Hickox
  February 2005  
Prokofiev’s opera The Love for Three Oranges is a colourful and imaginative work which has won over audiences worldwide.These CDs were recorded live at the world famous Sydney Opera House; among the soloists featured are John Mac Master, William Ferguson,Warwick Fyfe and Elizabeth Whitehouse.

These CDs mark the first release with Richard Hickox as Music Director of Opera Australia.

This is the only recording of the work sung in English.

First performed in a French version prepared by Prokofiev and his friend, the singer Vera Janacopoulos, though originally set in his native Russian, The Love for Three Oranges jumps nimbly between the two traditions. Such razor-sharp ideas as the doctors’ chorus in irregular metres and the quirky March – the work’s smash hit as Prokofiev recognized long before the premiere – are indebted to the Russian fairy-tale operas of Rimsky-Korsakov. By contrast, the expressive string and woodwind writing first used to satirical effect in the early scenes before coming into its own for the love-duet of Prince and Princess clearly has its roots in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Prokofiev’s genius for illustrating every character with a deft gesture or two, already put to brilliant use in The Gambler, gives us, among a gallery of cartoon characters, a depressed King of Clubs, a lachrymose prince whose first laughter is dazzlingly set up by string staccatos, the somersaulting fantastics of Truffaldino, and the supreme minister of oily walks, Leandro. A surprisingly earnest air of diablerie backs up the supernatural string-pullers Tchelio and Fata Morgana, while the many dance interludes, alternately light and heavy-footed, look back to Prokofiev’s first score for Diaghilev (turned into the Scythian Suite when the impresario rejected it), and across to his second, Chout (The Buffoon), begun in 1915. There is never a dull moment in this compact masterpiece, although neither the premiere in Chicago in 1921 nor a production in New York soon afterwards found favour with the critics, who complained of a lack of any ‘real music’ in Prokofiev’s deliberately ‘bright, lively, and simple’ score. More success was later had in Cologne and when Prokofiev returned to his homeland in 1927. Heard in English for the first time in this recording in a witty translation by Tom Stoppard, the opera is indeed a jeu d’esprit to entertain young and old alike.

For once, I have something vaguely seasonal to offer: Prokofiev’s ‘Love for Three Oranges’, sung in English and with its pantomime spirit brilliantly caught.
David Fanning Gramophone 2006 Critic’s Choice

Hickox has thorough command of the score…and the recording quality is excellent.
American Record Guide on CHAN 9855(4) (War and Peace)

An extremely well played and sung version which offers the complete score.
Disc of the month, The Independent on CHAN 9855(4) (War and Peace)

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