Opera Philadelphia


The Love for Three Oranges

Company Premiere
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Vera Janacopoulos
Based on Vsevolod Meyerhold’s adaptation of the play by Carlo Gozzi
Performed in English with English supertitles
Part of Festival O19

A favorite of Opera Philadelphia's Music Director Corrado Rovaris, this rarely seen musical gem is a fun, fantastical farce. 

Opulent stage design, a kingdom of colorful characters, and some of Prokofiev's most energetic, accessible music combine for a seriously funny opera about a melancholic prince and his cursed quest for love.

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MapAcademy of Music

Fri, Sep 20 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 22 2:00 p.m.
Fri, Sep 27 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 29 2:00 p.m.

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 6 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.

Production of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Opera at the Academy is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone.

Cast & Creative Team

Scott Conner
Scott Conner *as The King of Clubs
Jonathan Johnson
Jonathan Johnson *as The Prince
Barry Banks
Barry Banks *as Truffaldino
Wendy Bryn Harmer
Wendy Bryn Harmer *as Fata Morgana
Alissa Anderson
Alissa Anderson *as Princess Clarissa
Zachary Altman
Zachary Altmanas Leandro
Brent Michael Smith
Brent Michael Smithas The Magician Tchelio
Tiffany Townsend
Tiffany Townsend *as Ninette
Zachary James
Zachary Jamesas The Cook
Amanda Bottoms
Amanda Bottoms *as Smeraldina
Will Liverman
Will Livermanas Pantalone
Katherine Pracht
Katherine Prachtas Linette
Kendra Broom
Kendra Broom *as Nicolette
Ben Wager
Ben Wageras Farfarello
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • Justin Arienti * Scenic Design
  • Manuel Pedretti * Costume Design
  • Giuseppe Calabro * Lighting Design
  • Lisa Anderson Stage Manager
  • Seth Hoff Assistant Director
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Sergei Prokofiev

The Composer

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka, Ekaterinslav, in 1891, and died in Moscow in 1953. He became widely known as a brilliant pianist and applied his knowledge of the piano in his compositions, winning the Rubinstein prize with his first piano concerto at age 23. For some years, he lived in exile, traveling on a League of Nations passport. He is known for the ballet Romeo and Juliet and his orchestral Peter and the Wolf. Read more.

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