Sergei Prokofiev in Chicago Opera - 5 January, 1922, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 2 - 15 January 1922, page 661:

The second performance of Oranges took place on the 5th, conducted by Smallens. I sat with Gottlieb in the back row of the stalls, from where one can see and hear very well. But from my seat (and for all I know from most seats in the hall) the orchestra, and especially the strings, sounded extremely weak. The result was a very peculiar effect, probably not unlike that at Bayreuth, where the orchestra is deliberately distanced. But the singers were ideal: every note and every word clearly audible, in contrast to passages where the orchestra should dominate, which sounded feeble, for…   more >>

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 2 - 15 January 1922, p. 661. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Chicago Opera


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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The Love of Three Oranges, Op.33
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Artists of the Chicago Opera, Alexander Smallens

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 January, 1922, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:10:25 +0100
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:21:20 +0100