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“In Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, the heroine is shot and skinned for her fur. A disturbing conclusion, yes, but also a happy ending, as the exultant music of this 1924 fantasy proves: Though one fox dies, her offspring and the rest of nature continue to thrive forever.” [New York Post]

8 comments

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Nice review! Can’t wait to see how TT describes the ” Forester, sung in a big, muscular bass-baritone”

    (This is not a criticism of JJ.) “Later, the vixen takes up with a sexy male fox, clarion-voiced soprano…” go figure! I can only imagine what someone who does not understand that these things are normal in operas will make of that one.

    “Yveta Synek Graff’s revised libretto” -- I trust that means that Ms. Graff or the director revised Ms Graff’s already successful translation. Or did they revise things to justify their lack of animal costumes? Were the hens also in summer frocks?
    Aufgepasst!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Muscular Forrester:

  • m. croche says:

    “this opera is a pure affirmation of life.”

    To my mind, this is also true of “The Makropulos Case” and “From the House of the Dead”. I am hard pressed to name a composer who shows more compassion for his characters -- all of them, major or minor, good or bad -- than Janacek.

    Or maybe it’s “elicits more compassion for his characters”. I’m not sure I can tell which.

  • Will says:

    Or both! Janacek’s works and characters are always intensely human.

  • bergbag says:

    Saw it on Sunday — it was a lot of fun.

    And I agree with what’s said above about Janacek’s last three. They’re everything that’s wonderful.

  • papopera says:

    Terribly difficult to stage with conviction. But one of Janacek’s most beautiful scores to listen to on discs.

    • RosinaLeckermaul says:

      I love this opera and look forward to seeing it Thursday. I have fond memories of Mackerras’s last performances of it at the ROH a few years ago.