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Love for Three Oranges 1962Belgrade Opera

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As part of the Edinburgh International Festival, the company from Belgrade were imported to fill a gap in the repertoire - Russian opera had hitherto been ignored, and the Yugoslavs provided the closest to an authentic slavonic sound that we were likely to hear, even if some of the singers had a tendency to perform in Serbo-Croat. The other opera at the Festival was presented by the English Opera Group - a new staging of Britten’s tense little masterpiece, The Turn of the Screw, with two of the original cast from 1954, Peter Pears and Jennifer Vyvyan, still in the roles they created.

The repertoire the Yugoslavs brought was wonderfully unusual and enterprising. The Russian rarities were Musorgsky's Khovanshchina, Borodin's Prince Igor and Prokofiev's Gambler and Love for Three Oranges, both receiving British premieres. The non-Russian rarity was Massenet's Don Quichotte.

These performances prompted Sadler's Wells to mount the first British production of Love for Three Oranges shortly afterwards, and it stayed in the repertoire well into the seventies, though it never toured.

Cast details are from a copy of the programme in the OperaScotland collection.

How should the title be translated? The Edinburgh International Festival of the day called it  'Love of Three Oranges', which seems a less accurate rendering of the French.

Performance Cast

King of Clubs ruler of an imaginary Kingdom

Žarko Cvejić

Prince son of the King

Stjepan Andrasević

Princess Clarice a niece of the King

Milica Miladinović

Léandre the prime minister

Jovan Gligorijević

Truffaldino a jester

Franjo Paulik

Pantalon courtier and confidant of the King

Stanoje Janković

Tchelio a magician, protector of the King

Djordje Djurdjević

Fata Morgana a witch, protectress of Léandre

Valeria Heybalova

Linette a princess

Ljubica Vrsajkov

Nicolette a princess

Anica Jelinek

Ninette a princess

Dobrila Bogošević

Cuisinière Cook

Aleksandar Djokić

Farfarello a demon

Zivojin Milosavljević

Smeraldine a follower of Fata Morgana

Djurdjevka Čakarević

Maître de Cérémonies

Nikola Jancić

Heraut Herald

Ilija Gligorijević

Performance DatesLove for Three Oranges 1962

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

21 Aug, 19.00 23 Aug, 19.00

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