Music: Some Angel

Sergei Prokofiev loved to write operas, but the world did not seem to care for them. His first mature one, Magdalene, was never produced; his second, The Gambler, had one performance in Brussels and then disappeared; the failure of his third, The Love for Three Oranges, in the U.S. in 1921-22 so disappointed

Russian Composer Prokofiev that he fled the U.S., where he had been touring since 1918. For 18 months he hid out in the depths of Bavaria—to finish another opera.

It had everything. The Flaming Angel was set in medieval Germany, where witchcraft and inquisitions were the leading pastimes. The heroine...

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