The Cunning Little Vixen

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Janácek's opera brings to life the exciting world of the forest. Read More >

Bill Bryden’s beautiful production of The Cunning Little Vixen brings charm, wit and a wonderful life-affirming message to the Royal Opera.

Inspired by a cartoon of the exploits of a feisty fox, The Cunning Little Vixen brings to life the world of the forest. Not only do audiences meet the people who live by it and pass through it, but they also come across all the creatures who live there; caterpillars, badgers, dragonflys, frogs and, of course, the Vixen herself. From her youthful escapades in the chicken house to her courtship with a handsome fox, this is a wonderful tale of the richness of the cycle of life.

Charles Mackerras, the champion of Czech music and the great interpreter of Janácek, conducts a cast for The Cunning Little Vixen which combines great singing and acting to bring to life the opera’s engaging characters; a lovelorn schoolteacher, a tipsy priest, a poacher. Then there is the gamekeeper who observes the changing seasons in the forest and encounters the heroine on several occasions, each with different consequences.

The Cunning Little Vixen is performed in English with surtitles.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 19/03/2010

Closing Night: 01/04/2010

Running time: 2h10

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Cast & Creative


Emma Matthews, Christopher Maltman, Emma Bell, Robin Leggate, Madeleine Shaw, Jeremy White, Matthew Rose, Alasdair Elliott, Elizabeth Sikora, Simona Mihai, Elizabeth Cragg, Elisabeth Meister, Gerald Thompson


Director - Bill Bryden

Producer - Royal Opera

Designer - William Dudley

Lighting Designer - Robert Bryan

Movement Director - Stuart Hopps

Music By - Leoš Janácek

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