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L'Amour des Trois Oranges (The Love for Three Oranges)


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Alain Vernhes, Martial Defontaine, and Francois Le Roux star in this Netherlands Opera production of the Prokofiev opera conducted by Stephane Deneve. Extras include introduction including interviews with cast principals and artistic team members, illustr

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This opera, premiered in Chicago in 1921, is a farce about a morose, hypochondriacal Prince in the land of the King of Clubs. His father tries to make him laugh with the help of the wizard, Tchelio, while Princess Clarice and the Prime Minister want him to die so they can take over the kingdom, and are aided by the witch, Fata Morgana. Commedia dell'arte figures help, hinder and comment. Morgana dooms the Prince to fall in love with three oranges; after confrontations with a huge cook, a rat, and a lovely princess, all eventually turns out well. Besides the famous "March," there are no real tunes in the opera, but Prokofiev's colorful, witty score is loved by aficionados. The just-about-perfect production from the Netherlands Opera, designed and directed by Laurent Kelly, is playful, brilliantly colorful, and fun to watch. Huge playing cards make up the scenery and props and sets whirl in and around. The Prince, in his pajamas throughout, may be dreaming, and there are special effects galore. The cast could not be better; conductor Stephane Deneve has the exact pulse of this odd work and is a good sport when the action of the opera spills over into the orchestra pit at times. If you're a Prokofiev fan, this is for you--you'll probably never see a better performance of this wacky work. --Robert Levine

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  • Actors: Sandrine Piau, Alain Vernhes, Martial Defontaine, Francois Le Roux, Anna Shafajinskaia
  • Directors: Laurent Pelly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, Digital Sound
  • Language: French (DTS 5.1), French (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GWBRQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By T. C. on August 28, 2006
Prokofiev opera The Love for Three Oranges Op. 33 is generally regarded as a masterpiece of the twentieth century opera. This new and brilliant DVD version of the opera is from a 2005 performance at the De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam. Until now, the only DVD for this opera was an Arthaus DVD of an opera film that uses as soundtrack the very good Nagano recording, with singers performing lip synchronization. Let me say, that for my taste, the new Opus Arte DVD is vastly superior as a whole theatrical experience and it is currently first choice for this opera on DVD.

The stage director and designer of the Dutch production is the young French director Laurent Pelly. There are other four opera productions of his on DVD. All are really knockouts: Rameau's Platee, and Offenbach's Orphee aux enfers, La belle Helene and La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein (all conducted by Marc Minkowski). The high level of inspiration of this very talented director is evident here too: this is a fascinating show with some spectacular set pieces.

One of the major figures in the opera is the King of Clubs. In the second scene of act one there is a card game between the wizard Chelio (Sir Wilard White, impressive as ever) and the evil magician Fata Morgana (the very funny Anna Shafajinskaja). So almost all the scenery is made of huge cards that are moving on stage and are forming all kinds of shapes and labyrinths. Parts of the costumes are made of cards too, like the funny skirts a few dancers are wearing while they try to amuse the depressed prince. This is a mercurial and colorful production. There is never a dull moment. It is very hard to describe it. It really should be seen!

The musical side of the production is no less successful.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Nixon on April 29, 2007
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This is a great disc! The performance is fantastic, the sets and costumes are superb... There is a great mini-documentary included... Really worth having! The sound of the orchestra is great, while the singers should probably have been mic'd... But it doesn't really detract from the whole package. Highest recommendations.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leisure hero on January 4, 2007
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The main achievement of this "The Love for Three Oranges" is that the intrinsic brilliant wit of Prokofiev is so lively embodied - with such sense of humor and sparkling enthusiasm. Among few performances which we've seen this is definitely the best, being at the first glance simple silly tale - it captures the soul and senses and move the spectator to the new level (and not steps down to one's perception).

So, many thanks to actors, conductor and director for this chance!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Lupu VINE VOICE on January 15, 2007
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Enjoyed very much the production. This is not supposed to be your typical opera production and it isn't. It is entertaining and the music is sublime. Interestingly, this can be considered an American opera. It was commisioned, composed and premierd in the US by a Russian composer taking into account american taste and sang in French (the globalization of music in 1920?). Worth listening and viewing many times.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Panurgo on March 31, 2008
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I enjoyed very much this version of Prokofiev's "L'Amour des Trois Oranges". In general is a very fresh and imaginative put in scene of a work that was written in the times of the "Commedia del Arte" by Carlo Gozzi.
The presentation of the classical personages of the "Commedia del Arte" such as the "polichinella", "prince", "dottore" among others, with a funny new approach of garderobe is a smart feature. Some of the dynamics on the stage are inspired in the classical greek theater (a very participative Chorus), with many other modern and ingenious resources.
Everything fits with great accuracy within the music opera of Prokofiev like an amazing and clever clockwork.

Jorge Fernandez
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