The Love for Three Oranges

   
 SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
   
  premiere recording in English  
 The Love for Three Oranges 99:26  
  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  
   
  Prologue  
1 'What we want is genuine tragedy!' 3:57
  Tragedians  
   
  Act I 22:44      
  Scene 2  
2 'Oh, poor boy! Tell me the worst. What are his chances?' 3:53
  King  
3 'Don't worry. . . don't worry. . .' 3:29
  Pantaloon  
4 'Leandro, please lay on a sort of royal variety show.' 1:21
  King  
   
  Scene 2  
5 'It's Chelio!' 3:44
  Eccentrics  
6 'The best-laid plans of mice and men can meet frustration.' 5:17
  Leandro  
7 'Who's that?' 4:57
  Leandro  
   
  Act II 22:53      
  Scene 1  
8 'Howzat?!' 3:59
  Truffaldino  
9 'Here they come. . . ain't it grand? It's beginning, so hurry, hurry!' 2:55
  Truffaldino  
   
  Scene 2  
10 'For your delight, I present first, this!' 1:58
  Truffaldino  
11 'Who are you? What do you want here?' 3:04
  Leandro  
12 'Who is this woman?' 5:11
  Truffaldino  
13 'I want an apple, or a banana. . . perhaps a cherry. . .' 5:43
  Prince  
   
  Act III 38:56      
  Scene 1  
14 'Farfarello! Farfarello!' 4:56
  Chelio  
15 'Wind has died. We must be in Orange country' 4:04
  Prince  
   
  Scene 2  
16 'We're here.' 1:55
  Prince  
17 'Fee-fi-fo-fum! I heard a noise. Where's my ladle?' 5:52
  Cook  
   
  Scene 3  
18 'We've lost our following wind, no wonder that we're getting nowhere!' 3:48
  Prince  
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
  Prince  
21 'Smeraldina. . . with a needle! Fata Morgana! Hey, look out behind you!' 4:57
  Eccentrics  
   
  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
  Chelio  
   
  Scene 2  
23 'Are you ready?' 1:31
  Leandro  
24 'Would you be Ninetta?' 3:19
  Eccentrics  
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