The Love for Three Oranges

  • Saturday JULY 8 7:30 PM
  • Sunday JULY 16 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday JULY 18 7:30 PM
  • Friday JULY 21 7:30 PM

The Love for Three Oranges

This zesty love story is a fairytale about a sweet young prince, cursed by a sour witch and forced to voyage into distant lands in search of three oranges, each of which contains a princess. Will he run out of juice or can he concentrate on his mission to find true love?

100 years after composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote this endlessly inventive opera, best known for its famous “March,” the time is ripe for The Love for Three Oranges to make its Des Moines Metro Opera debut in a refreshing new production by director Chas Rader-Shieber and scenic and costume designer Jacob A. Climer, led by Maestro David Neely.


Saturday, July 8 - SOLD OUT (Join the Waitlist)
Sunday, July 16 - SOLD OUT (Join the Waitlist)
Tuesday, July 18 - best availability
Friday, July 21 - some availability

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Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev and Vera Janacopoulos

Vsevolod Meyerhold’s adaptation of the play by Carlo Gozzi

30 December 1921
Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

English (with English subtitles)

2 hours, 15 minutes with one 20-minute intermission


The Artists

Scott Conner King of Clubs
Christopher Sokolowski Prince
Michael Porter Trouffaldino
Alexandra LoBianco Fata Morgana
Flora Hawk Ninette
Alexander Birch Elliott Léandre
Catherine Martin Clarice
Anthony Reed Tchélio
Matt Boehler Cook
Sun-Ly Pierce Sméraldine
Benjamin Taylor Pantalon
Ariana Maubach Linette
Maggie Reneé Nicolette
José Olivares Farfarello
Jeremy Harr Herald
Spencer Lawrence Boyd Master of Ceremonies
David Neely Conductor
Michael Sakir Conductor (July 18)
Chas Rader-Shieber Director
Jacob A. Climer Scenic and Costume Designer
Connie Yun Lighting Designer
Isaac Martin Lerner Choreographer

The Music

Prokofiev has a style which is readily identifiable yet difficult to describe. It certainly demonstrates some of the base instincts also exhibited by Stravinsky. Although not as bitterly sarcastic as the music of Shostakovich, Prokofiev also used satire in his music. Most of all though, his music seems to obey its own rules which are entirely logical without being overly predictable. It obeyed normal musical conventions, while allowing itself to jump off at tangents from time to time. Prokofiev was a master of the orchestra, and a natural at writing music for drama and dance.

Source: mfiles