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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
English translation by David Lloyd-Jones
Part of Festival O19

This zesty love story is a pithy fairytale about a sweet young prince, cursed by a sour witch and forced to voyage into distant lands in search of three oranges, each of which contains a princess. Will he run out of juice or can he concentrate on his mission to find sun-kissed true love with a new main squeeze  

100 years after composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote this endlessly inventive opera, best known for its famous “March,” the time is ripe for The Love for Three Oranges to finally make its Opera Philadelphia debut in a “masterful new production” (Opera News). Orange you glad tickets are still available? 


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Dates are Sept. 2019.

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

The Academy Series is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone.

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
Alessandro Talevi
Alessandro Talevi *Director
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 Leander
Brent Michael Smith
Brent Michael Smithas Chelio
Tiffany Townsend
Tiffany Townsend *as Ninetta
Zachary James
Zachary Jamesas The Cook
Amanda Lynn Bottoms
Amanda Lynn Bottoms *as Smeraldina
Will Liverman
Will Livermanas Pantaloon
Katherine Pracht
Katherine Prachtas Linetta
Kendra Broom
Kendra Broom *as Nicoletta
Ben Wager
Ben Wageras Farfarello
Frank Mitchell
Frank Mitchellas The Herald
Corey Don Bonar
Corey Don Bonar *as The Master of Ceremonies
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • Justin Arienti * Scenic Design
  • Manuel Pedretti * Costume Design
  • Giuseppe Calabro * Lighting Design
  • Ran Arthur Braun * Action Design
  • Michael Janney Stage Manager
  • Seth Hoff Assistant Director
  • Jennifer Shaw Assistant Stage Manager
  • Savannah Valigura * Assistant Stage Manager
  • *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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