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Love for Three Oranges 2009Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)

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Scottish Opera's 2008-09 season was unusual, in that it did not feature any revivals. What is more, the level of presentation, musical and dramatic, was also of a consistently high standard. Perhaps the one slight disappointment was the Edinburgh Festival offering, a rare staging of Smetana's charming domestic comedy The Two Widows. This was the company's second production of the piece. It was joined by two popular classics, La traviata and Così fan tutte, both directed in memorably intelligent fashion by David McVicar. The rarities were by Cimarosa (The Secret Marriage) and Massenet (Manon). Bellini's I puritani was given in a single concert performance. These were all company premieres. The small-scale tour was, unusually, an operetta, The Merry Widow. After the great success of the previous year's opener, the company also put on a second group of new, experimental 15-minute chamber dramas in the 5:15 series. Another welcome rarity was the next collaboration with the RSAMD - a large student cast assisted by Scottish Opera's musicians and technical staff, in a hugely enjoyable version of Prokofiev's Love For Three Oranges.

The RSAMD had started a series of co-operative ventures with the Conservatoire of Rostov-on-Don and Scottish Opera, with a fascinating staging of Massenet's Cendrillon in 2006. The first venture into Russian repertoire in 2008, with Eugene Onegin, was not entirely successful, perhaps trying too hard to be different. However 2009 saw the start of a magnificent venture - a cycle of works by Prokofiev rarely, if ever, seen in Scotland. Lee Blakely had already shown a fertile imagination with a lively staging of A Night at the Chinese Opera, and if anything, Oranges suffered from a lack of restraint. But it was undoubtedly tremendous fun, with an enormous number of students on stage and a big orchestra from Scottish Opera and the Academy making lovely sounds in the pit.

Performance Cast

King of Clubs ruler of an imaginary Kingdom

Yuri Alekhin

Prince son of the King

Jung Soo Yun (Jan 23, 31)

Berj Karazian (Jan 24, 28)

Princess Clarice a niece of the King

Charlotte Tetley

Léandre the prime minister

Benjamin Weaver

Truffaldino a jester

Reuben Lai (Jan 23, 31)

John Pumphrey (Jan 24, 28)

Pantalon courtier and confidant of the King

Richard Latham

Tchelio a magician, protector of the King

Nicholas Morris

Fata Morgana a witch, protectress of Léandre

Fiona Scott

Linette a princess

Elysia Leech

Nicolette a princess

Maria Kozlova

Ninette a princess

Sung Eun Seo

Cuisinière Cook

Donald Thomson

Farfarello a demon

Michel de Souza

Smeraldine a follower of Fata Morgana

Bohae Kim

Maître de Cérémonies

Ross Sharkey

Performance DatesLove for Three Oranges 2009

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

23 Jan, 19.15 24 Jul, 19.15

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

28 Jan, 19.15 31 Jan, 19.15

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