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PROKOFIEV, S.: Amour des 3 Oranges (L') (DNO, 2005) (NTSC)


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PROKOFIEV, S.: Amour des 3 Oranges (L') (DNO, 2005) (NTSC)

Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)

Alain Vernhes, Martial Defontaine, François Le Roux
Serghei Khomov, Sandrine Piau, Anna Shafajinskaja
Sir Willard White
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Choir of De Nederlandse Opera
Conductor Stéphane Denève
Stage Director Laurent Pelly


Running time: 145 mins
Region code: All regions
Picture format: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

Cat. No.: OA 0957 D

Prokofiev’s enchantingly surreal commedia dell’arte masterwork is turned into a spectacular triumph of total theatre in this vital production from the Amsterdam Muziektheater. De Nederlandse Opera has chosen to use the more flexible French libretto of the 1921 premiere, a pertinent choice which has the advantage of accentuating the aesthetic common ground shared by Prokofiev and Les Six.

Stéphane Denève’s brilliant musical direction inspires outstanding performances from the soloists and the superb Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, enhanced by the smart, blockbusting staging of Laurent Pelly and the exquisite sets of Chantal Thomas, which propel this feverish fable to great heights.

‘A wonderful spectacle… A masterful staging of Prokofiev’s Love for three oranges from DNO. … Seldom have we seen such a successful synthesis of music, image and wit on the operatic stage.’ Het Parool

‘Pelly is the Pierre Audi of Grenoble. He has a reputation for comedy with a contemplative side, which succeeds not only thanks to witches and sorcerers such as Anna Shafainska, Marianna Kulikova and Willard White, but above all to Orange no. 3, out of which springs a splendid soprano – Sandrine Piau.’ De Volkskrant

‘…a witty and sparkling performance that rushes past your eyes like a whirlwind. The French producer Laurent Pelly and his team have created two hours of pure enjoyment. … Pelly lets the events of the plot unfold in a most inventive fashion, letting them tumble over each others’ heels. He creates a surrealistic atmosphere that is miraculous, strange, witty and above all gripping. … The splendidly playing Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra hustles along with the difficult score as if it were nothing; thanks to conductor Stéphane Denève, the stage spectacle is perfectly accompanied. This, in combination with the excellent singers, makes this production a true and rare feast for both eye and ear.’ Algemeen Dagblad

Prokofiev, Sergey

Janacopoulos, Vera; Prokofiev, Sergey

Denève, Stéphane

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Netherlands Opera Chorus

Defontaine, Martial; Khomov, Serghei; Le Roux, Francois; Piau, Sandrine; Shafajinskaja, Anna; Vernhes, Alain; White, Willard

Label: Opus Arte

Genre: Opera

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: OA0957D

Barcode: 809478009573

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Physical Release: 08/2006

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