Opera The State Opera

The Cunning Little Vixen

Leoš Janáček

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Musical preparation: Marko Ivanović
Stage director: Jiří Heřman
Sets: Dragan Stojčevski
Light design: Daniel Tesař
Costumes: Alexandra Grusková
Chorus master: Klára Roztočilová
Dramaturgy: Patricie Částková

Performance of the National Theatre Brno as part of the 14th Festival of Music Theatre Opera 2020 (

Janáček Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Children's choir Brno

Nature has inscribed a circle around me which I cannot leave, so I sit within and learn to love life. Each of Janáček’s operas is original and the Vixen is no different, with human and animal lives interwoven on stage. It is lyrical and melodic, sparkling with humour, kind and with a little of Janáček’s prickliness at the same time and and taking on the earthiness and humane philosophy of life of the eternal cycle of life. At the beginning of the story about the cunning vixen was the decision by the Brno editors of the Lidove noviny newspaper to provide their readers with cartoons with humorous texts. The Janáček household were regular readers of Lidový noviny and the drawn stories caught the composer’s interest, but from the original chapters of the series he chose only ten. Těsnohlídek’s tale ends with the wedding of Bystrouška and Zlatohřbítek. However Janáček resolved to make a significant change compared to the original draft and allowed the main character to die, since as a true dramatist he felt the need for a catharsis.

Performed in Czech with Czech and English subtitles

Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours

Premiere: November 17, 2018, Janáček Theatre


February 2020




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Complete Cast

Schoolmaster / Mosquito

Priest / Gadger

Gamekeeper’s wife / Owl

Pásek, a bartender

Pásková / Woodpecker


Lapák, a dog

Rooster / Jay

Chocholka, a hen

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