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Opera The National Theatre

The Cunning Little Vixen

Leoš Janáček, stage director Ondřej Havelka

Information

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

Premiere: March 20 and 22, 2014

The performance is a part of the programme of the Prague Spring International Music Festival 2014 - www.festival.cz

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.

The new production of The Cunning Little Vixen will be a contribution to the Czech Music Year programme.

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.

Next
performance

January 2015

March 2015

Cast

Vixen

Fox

Gamekeeper

Schoolmaster / Mosquito

Priest / Gadger

Complete Cast

Lapák, a dog

Gamekeeper’s wife / Owl

Chocholka, a hen

Pásková / Woodpecker

Harašta

Pásek, a bartender

Cock