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National Theatre Brno

The Cunning Little Vixen

Leoš Janáček
The National Theatre
Festival of Music Theatre 2020

Basic information


The National Theatre


National Theatre Brno


In Czech, surtitles in Czech, English


November 17, 2018

Opera Festival 2020

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

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


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025


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


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

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