Opera

The Cunning Little Vixen

Leoš Janáček
The National Theatre
Festival of Music Theatre 2020

Basic information

Venue

The National Theatre

Language

In Czech, Czech, English subtitles

Premiere

November 17, 2018

Opera Festival 2020

Performance of the National Theatre Brno as part of the 14th Festival of Music Theatre Opera 2020 (www.festival-opera.cz).

Each of Janáček’s operas is original and the Vixen is no different, with human and animal lives interwoven on stage.

Creatives

Musical preparation
Marko Ivanović
Stage director
Jiří Heřman
Light design
Daniel Tesař

About

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.

Vixen 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.

Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours

Practical information

Where to buy tickets

When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at any of our box offices.

Parking

While visiting the National Theatre and the New Stage
You can use nearby secure car parks:

Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

because the car park under the National Theater is closed for reconstruction since April 14th 2020.

While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.
Unfortunately, there is no car park nearby the Estates Theatre. You can either use the National Theatre car park or a secure car park at the Kotva shopping mall (Revoluční 1/655, Praha 1) and Paladium (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Praha 1).

 

What to wear?

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