PROKOFIEV, S.: Amour des 3 Oranges (L') (Aix-en-Provence Festival, 2004)

PROKOFIEV, S.: Amour des 3 Oranges (L') (Aix-en-Provence Festival, 2004)


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L'amour des 3 Oranges (The Love for 3 Oranges), Op. 33
Libretto/Text Author: Prokofiev, Sergey
Libretto Source: Gozzi, Carlo
Conductor: Sokhiev, Tugan

Chelio the magician: Schmulevich, Pavel
Master of ceremonies: Noval, Juan
Princess Clarissa: Serdyuk, Nadezhda
The Diva: Fau, Michel
The King of Clubs: Tanovitsky, Alexei
Trouffaldino: Duschechkin, Kirill

Set/Stage Designer: Stehle, Jean-Marc
Costume Designer: Popineau, Aurore
Lighting Designer: Couderc, Bertrand
Stage Director: Calvario, Philippe
Television Director: Kent, Don

Date of Production: 07-2004
Festival: Aix-en-Provence Festival
Venue: Theatre de l'Archeveche, Aix-en-Provence
Playing Time: 01:49:09
Catalogue Number: BAC024
UPC: 3760115300248


2004 production of Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, performed in the theatre of Grand Saint-Jean. The cast list suggested Larissa Gergieva's Mariinsky Theatre young singers academy had set up their summer camp in Aix to give the audience a taste of Russia's youngest singing talents.

Philippe Calvario made his debut as a theatre director. His debut didn't reveal any inexperience. He knew how to make the best use of all the possibilities the theatre offered. With an admirable dash and panache, he placed the chorus groups around, very often to hilarious effect. The cheap stage constructions and the candy-coloured costumes fitted perfectly with his slapstick approach. The sometimes sharp, sometimes burlesque music of Prokofiev invites an over-the-top approach.

Conductor Tugan Sokhiev, only 26 years old, made a favourable impression. In his conducting of the Prokofiev score, it was easy to hear that he was a pupil of Valery Gergiev. Sokhiev has the same hard-edged drive as his master, pushing for large dynamic contrasts. With the young and enthusiastic cast, this works wonderfully well.

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