The Love for Three Oranges


The Love for Three Oranges

Take a melancholy prince, a cantankerous witch and the curse of a love strange and strong: an unquenchable passion of unusual fashion for not just one orange, but three! Add an infectious march, some fantastical farce and a kingdom of curious characters, and you have Prokofiev's surreal, screwball fairytale for adults.

This Russian gem is juicy, sweet and a trifle acerbic, just like the proverbial oranges. A brilliant all-Australian cast performs the lively English translation by playwright Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead).

Eye-popping costumes, physical comedy and sets of acid colour combine with the composer's bright melodies in an opera that never takes itself too seriously.


A melancholy prince
A cantankerous witch
Three oranges, ripe for plucking
A dash of bitters, a splash of romance
A cocktail of fantastical farce

Conductor Anthony Legge
Director Francesca Zambello
Revival Director Matthew Barclay
Set Designer George Tsypin
Costume Designer Tanya Noginova
Lighting Designer Mark Howett


Denni Sayers
Assistant Director John Sheedy
Johanna Puglisi
The King of Clubs David Parkin
The Prince Rosario La Spina
Princess Clarissa Margaret Trubiano
Leander Andrew Moran
Truffaldino Kanen Breen
Pantaloon Luke Gabbedy
Chelio Gennadi Dubinsky
Fata Morgana Antoinette Halloran
Princess Linetta Eva Kong
Princess Nicoletta Catherine Bouchier
Princess Ninetta Julie Lea Goodwin
The Cook Adrian Tamburini
Farfarello Pelham Andrews
Smeraldina Victoria Lambourn
Master of Ceremonies Graeme Macfarlane
Herald David Greco

Opera Australia Chorus

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 15-minutes, including one 20-minute interval.

Performed in English in a translation by Tom Stoppard, with English surtitles.

The Story Hide

The prince is melancholy, tragic poetry to blame. Prescription? Laughter! While the court scrambles to amuse the prince, it's a witch that finally does the trick — tripping over and revealing her knickers. His laugh angers the witch, who curses the prince with an obsessive love for three oranges. The Prince and his jester march off to find the oranges, kept in the kitchen of a murderous cook.

But not everyone is on the prince's side — the Prime Minister is plotting to kill him!

Does true love lie under that thick orange skin? Will the witch come back for revenge? Will the evil Prime Minister succeed?

In this farcical fairytale, you never know what's around the corner.

"A rare and joyous gem"

Sydney Morning Herald

"This is an evening with a delicious flavour"