★★★★ THIS IS, AT HEART, AN INTENSE, PROFOUND WORK ABOUT THE CYCLE OF NATURE IN WHICH CREATURES FROM THE FOREST PLAY JUST A PART IN THE CONTINUUM OF BIRTH, AGEING AND DEATH THAT AFFECTS US ALL. THE AGE
The forest comes alive this May at the Adelaide Showground! An unforgettable theatrical experience, Cunning Little Vixen is a musical celebration of nature and the cycle of life. Set in an idyllic forest, Janacek’s opera follows a Vixen’s journey from youth to adulthood, where, with the help of her forest friends and a handsome Fox, Vixen faces growing up and the excitement and uncertainty that a changing world brings.
A magical allegory about life cycles, global citizenship and self-discovery, Janáček’s opera is considered one of the great modern works, though rarely performed. Accompanied by a full symphony orchestra (the ASO) and complete with a chorus of chooks and children, Cunning Little Vixen is a unique experience for young audiences and a wonderful introduction to opera.
Nominated for four Helpmann Awards (including Best Opera and Best Director), Stuart Maunder’s evocative production featuring Sets by Richard Roberts, Costumes by Roger Kirk and Lighting by Trudy Dalgleish was premiered by Victorian Opera in 2017 and presented by Western Australian Opera in 2018. The Adelaide season sees the return of award-winning soprano Antoinette Halloran to the role of Fox and stars South Australian rising star Desiree Frahn as the Vixen.
A joyous, life-affirming treat for all lovers of music and theatre, this 90-minute opera is sung in English and considered a perfect introduction to opera for families and first-timers.!
Conductor – Johannes Fritzsch
Director – Stuart Maunder
Set Design – Richard Roberts
Costume Design – Roger Kirk
Lighting Design – Trudy Dalgleish
Vixen – Desiree Frahn
Fox – Antoinette Halloran
Forrester – James Clayton
Schoolmaster – Paul O’Neill
Parson/Badger – Pelham Andrews
Harasta – Douglas McNicol
Owl/Forrester’s wife – Joanna McWaters
Dog/Mrs Pasek – Catriona Barr
Woodpecker – Catriona Barr
Cock – Samantha Rubenhold
Pasek – Andrew Turner
State Opera Chorus
State Opera Children’s Chorus
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Libretto by Leos Janacek
after the story by Rudolf Tesnohlidek
English translation by Norman Tucker
Edited by Jirí Zahrádka
with performance suggestions by Sir Charles Mackerras
These performances are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Universal Edition A.G. of Vienna