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Jun 22, 2011 - Jun 25, 2011

The Cunning Little Vixen

OPERA. New York Philharmonic. Avery Fisher Hall.

 Leos Janacek penned what is likely the most endearing opera ever inspired by a comic strip. This touching tale of the cycle of life in a European forest – featuring a brilliant orchestral score and characters as varied as the forest itself – receives its Philharmonic premiere in a colorful production conducted by Alan Gilbert and directed by Douglas Fitch.

Cast to include:

Isabel Bayrakdarian soprano (Vixen)
Alan Opie baritone (Forester)
Marie Lenormand mezzo-soprano (Fox)
Keith Jameson tenor (Schoolmaster, Mosquito)
New York Choral Artists Joseph Flummerfelt director
Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus
Alicia Edwards director
Alan Gilbert conductor
Douglas Fitch director and designer

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:30pm
Thursday, June 23, 2011 7:30pm
Friday, June 24, 2011 8:00pm
Saturday, June 25, 2011 8:00 pm


About the opera:
LEOS JANÁCEK (1854-1928)
The Cunning Little Vixen (Czech: Príhody Lisky Bystrousky, literally The Adventures of Vixen Sharp-Ears) (1923)
Leos Janácek drew the story for his touching opera about Vixen Sharp-Ears from a serialized commentary written by Rudolf Tesnohlídek on humorous drawings by Stanislav Lolek. The illustrated tale appeared in the Czech newspaper Lidové noviny in 1920. After conferring with the author (who had turned the story into a novel) Janácek wrote his own libretto, transforming the original comic cartoon into a philosophical reflection on the circle of life and demonstrating his deep love of nature. Unlike his tragic operas, Jenufa and Ká'a Kabanová, Vixen is told in a folk-like style full of stylistic innovations. Janácek took the principal incidents from Tesnohlídek and Lolek’s comic strip and connected them into the narrative of the opera. We see in this beloved work a paean to Mother Nature and the natural order of things—even including the death of the Vixen—a death the composer invented. Elements of his own life also found their way into the story. Janácek saw himself in the role of the Forester and Kamila Stösslová as the Vixen and the Gypsy girl Terynka. He had fallen into unrequited love with the much younger woman, who would become the muse for his beautiful late works. Balancing realism and symbolism in his juxtaposition of the animal and human worlds, Janácek creates a fantastical musical language for the forest. (He even undertook a study of animals and notated their calls and noises.) His menagerie includes the Vixen who is transformed from a naughty cub to Mrs. Fox and fierce mother of her brood, and critters of many other kinds; humans, too, are part of the life-and-death cycle of nature. Janácek once wrote that he had composed Vixen “for the sake of the forest and the sadness of old age,” and at his request, the final scene from the opera was performed at his funeral.

Avery Fisher Hall
10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC


Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC


From: Jun 22, 2011
To: Jun 25, 2011


Organized by New York Philharmonic

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