, September 2009
The magisterial presence of Sir Willard White notwithstanding, most of the cast is either French or Russian, and the performance possesses a Gallic lightness with a Slavic edge. …the production seems alert to the fact that Prokofiev wrote The Love for Three Oranges in an atmosphere of anti-Wagnerism: the demon Farfarello’s very name suggests Fafner, and the Prince must survive an encounter, not with a dragon, but with a terrifying cook, armed with a formidable ladle and played to perfection by Richard Angas, with pendulous breasts and spindly legs. Sergei Khomov represents Trouffaldino as a cross between Leporello and Loge. The two conspiring baddies, Léandre (François Le Roux) and Princess Clarice (Natascha Petrinsky), are suitably diabolical. As Ninette, the princess who actually survives the emergence from her giant orange, Sandrine Piau makes a lovely impression, visually and vocally.
The chorus seems to be everywhere, doing everything, a feast to look at and musically precise. The Rotterdam orchestra, energetically conducted by Stéphane Denève, sounds terrific.
A real gem, urgently recommended. © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review