Opera The National Theatre

The Cunning Little Vixen

Leoš Janáček


Libretto: Leoš Janáček
Musical preparation: Robert Jindra
Conductor: Robert Jindra
Stage director: Ondřej Havelka
Sets: Martin Černý
Costumes: Kateřina Štefková
Choreography: Jana Hanušová
Chorus master: Martin Buchta
Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hučín
Chorus master of the Kühn's Children's Choir: Jiří Chvála

National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre Chorus
Ballet of the National Theatre Opera
Kühn Children’s Choir

Premiere: March 20 and 22, 2014

After an interval of more than a decade, the National Theatre will again include in its repertoire Janáček’s celebrated “philosophical revue“ on animals and people, desire, disillusionment with life and wise atonement with eternal Nature. The Cunning Little Vixen, inspired by the newspaper serial story of Rudolf Těsnohlídek and Stanislav Lolek, transposed in 1921-1923 with great understanding, feeling and hyperbole into operatic form, is a title possessing significant potential to captivate the audience. Owing to its wit, profound ideas and emotionality, the work speaks to adults, while children are enchanted by its picturesque nature and exquisite scenery. Despite being one of the most famous Czech operas and part of the standard global repertoire, in our country Janáček’s work is still not as popular (perhaps due to the ingrained prejudice against the composer’s music) as comparable titles such as The Bartered Bride, Rusalka and The Devil and Kate.

Photo: Hana Smejkalová
Duration of the performance: 2 hours and 10 minutes, 1 intermission
The opera is staged in Czech original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.





Schoolmaster / Mosquito

Priest / Gadger

Complete Cast

Lapák, a dog

Gamekeeper’s wife / Owl

Chocholka, a hen

Pásková / Woodpecker


Pásek, a bartender