In the Urals, the production was dedicated to the 130th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Prokofiev. The opera was written by a very young composer full of enthusiasm, fire and new ideas. It is based on the fiaba of the Italian playwright Carlo Gozzi, who for Prokofiev combined the Italian comedy del arte with the theatrical experiment of Vsevolod Meyerhold, whose script the composer used for his libretto. But in Perm, “The Love for Three Oranges” was reassembled. “The action takes place in a fictional state in the middle of the last century in one closed research institute,” warn director Philip Grigorian and playwright Ilya Kukharenko.
It is not difficult to calculate the coordinates of a fictional state for those who grew up watching the films “Spring”, “Nine Days of One Year”, “I’m Going into a Thunderstorm”. The authors stuffed the plot with cultural parallels and perpendiculars, competing in drive with a young composer.
But it is better to sort out new collisions before the start of the performance, in order to follow the process of creating a “new person” in laboratory conditions, without floundering in numerous details, especially since the juice of the Perm “Oranges” turns out not only and not so much in their new theatrical appearance (for set design is also answered by Grigoryan, costume designer Vlada Pomirkovanaya, lighting designer Sergei Vasiliev). The new musical director of the Perm Opera, conductor Artem Abashev, gives the production an elastic muscle energy.
Thanks to him, one can not only appreciate the beauty of the “roller coasters” arranged by Prokofiev with their orchestral mood swings and speeds.
The composition of singers sounds like a single collected and well-coordinated ensemble, provoking to mention almost every one of fifteen soloists. Therefore, the 150th anniversary of the Perm Opera makes us look forward to this celebration, especially since this season the premieres of “Carmen” directed by Konstantin Bogomolov and Philip Chizhevsky and “Iolanta” by the new chief director of the theater Marat Gatsalov, Artem Abashev and Ksenia Peretrukhina are promised.