Once upon a time there lived a prince, cursed to walk the earth in search of three oranges, each containing a princess. Though warned not to open the oranges unless near water — of course — the prince finds them in a desert. Buck Ross, director of the Moores Opera Center, says Sergei Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges
, based on a Carlo Gozzi commedia dell’arte piece, is one of the center’s most popular shows for good reason. “If you think about a big Cirque du Soleil show, it’s more like that — just no acrobats,” says Ross. “It’s just really big and splashy and colorful, [but] I think we’ll give away too many surprises if we tell you much more than that!”
7:30 p.m. Monday. Also 7:30 p.m. October 20 and 21; 2 p.m. October 22. University of Houston, 120 School of Music Building. For information, call 713-743-3388 or visit uh.edu/cota/music/opera
. $12 to $20.
Send in the clowns! Part fairy tale, part vaudeville and part circus, this dazzling phantasmagoria of an opera will delight your ears and eyes with spectacle and high spirits. A prince is condemned to wander the earth in search of three oranges, the contents of which will make you look twice at your Minute Maid in the morning. We last produced this opera 14 years ago and it is one of our most requested revivals.
Music by Sergei Prokofiev.
Based on the play by Carlo Gozzi.
Sung in English with English titles projected over the stage.