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date: 12 December 2019

Love for Three Oranges, The [Lyubov’ k tryom apel’sinam; L’amour des trois oranges]locked

  • Richard Taruskin

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[Lyubov’ k tryom apel’sinam; L’amour des trois oranges]

Opera in a prologue and four acts, op.33, by Sergey Prokofiev to his own libretto after Carlo Gozzi’s fiaba L’amore delle tre melarance (1761), adapted (1913) by Vsevolod Meyerhold, Vladimir Solov’yov and Konstantin Vogak; Chicago, Auditorium, 30 December 1921 (as L’amour des trois oranges, French translation by the composer and Vera Janacopoulos).

Prokofiev’s second completed opera (juvenilia apart) and the first to achieve performance, The Love for Three Oranges, was written in New York, where the composer had settled after emigrating from Russia in the wake of the revolution. Immediately before his departure, in spring 1918, Vsevolod Meyerhold, the great director, made Prokofiev a gift of the first issue of his journal The Love for Three Oranges, containing a Russian adaptation (by Meyerhold with two collaborators) of the eponymous theatrical tale by the Venetian nobleman and satirist Carlo Gozzi (1720–1806). Gozzi had cast the work in the form of a ...

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