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The Cunning Little Vixen, Janáček | Sat 5 Oct 2019 – Thu 28 Nov 2019 | UK Tour
Inspired by a newspaper comic strip, WNO's colourful production is charming, funny and profound in equal measure. It reunites Director, David Pountney with WNO Music Director, Tomáš Hanus who conducts Janáček's blend of folk-like music and sophisticated orchestrations, gloriously evoking the vibrancy of nature.
One afternoon deep in the forest, the Forester stumbles across a young vixen, and takes her home as a pet for his family. But this playful creature has bigger plans and escapes to take on the world on her own terms. As her adventure unfolds, all the creatures of the forest come to life, in a tale that celebrates the circle of life.
Director: David Poutney
Associate Director: Elaine Tyler-Hall
Conductor: Tomáš Hanus
Choreographer: Stuart Hopps
Staff Director: Sarah Crisp
Lighting Designer: Nick Chelton
Designer: Maria Bjørnson
Forester: Claudio Otelli
Vixen: Aoife Miskelly
Parson: Wojtek Gierlach
Schoolmaster: Peter Van Hulle
Fox: Lucia Cervoni
Poacher (Harasta): David Stout
Janáček and Cunning Little Vixen
When Janáček discovered Těsnohlídek's comic-strip-inspired story and decided to turn it into an opera, he began work by meeting with the author and beginning a study of animals. With this understanding of the characters involved, his own 70 years of life experience, and an undying, unrequited love for the much younger, married Kamila Stösslová, he began work on the opera. He transformed the originally comedic cartoon into a philosophical reflection on the cycle of life and death by including the death of the vixen. As with other operas by older composers, this late opera shows a deep understanding of life leading to a return to simplicity.
It was given its premiere performance on 6 November 1924 in National Theatre Brno conducted by František Neumann, with Ota Zítek as director and Eduard Milén as stage designer.