Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Yekaterinburg Opera to produce Prokofiev's "Love for Three Oranges"

The Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre will be producing Sergei Prokofiev's "The Love For Three Oranges" at 6 p.m. on May 31.

The opera is in four acts and is a satirical opera based on the Italian play "L'amore delle tre melarance" by Carlo Gozzi.

The opera was the result of a commission during Prokofiev's first visit to the U.S. in 1918, and it premiered in 1921 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

The story tells the tale of a prince who falls ill after reading too much tragic poetry. The king attempts to cure the son's illness with laughter. The prince finally laughs after witnessing a witch accidentally fall down.

The witch then curses the prince, saying that he will be obsessed by a "love for three oranges." The prince and his jester then go on a journey to find the oranges, which are guarded by a giant.