Janáček’s life-affirming tale of love, death and the timeless cycle of nature is the latest of Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars’s acclaimed operatic concert stagings.
‘The forest was darker than night, but I felt free!’ Deep in the Moravian countryside, the young fox Sharp-ears obeys no law but her own irrepressible free spirit. The Cunning Little Vixen gives voices to humans, animals and even insects: all driven by the same unquenchable life-force.
Sir Simon Rattle loves it – and with its eternal themes, vivid characters and teeming, radiant score, it’s an opera that needs to be seen as well as heard. Following their innovative, critically acclaimed collaborations on Le Grand Macabre and Pelléas et Melisande Rattle joins forces again with director Peter Sellars to reimagine the Barbican as the Vixen’s world. With a magnificent cast, the result might well be one of the operatic occasions of the year.
Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen (semi-staged performances, sung in Czech)
Produced by LSO and Barbican
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Lucy Crowe Vixen
Gerald Finley Forester
Sophia Burgos Fox, Chocholka
Peter Hoare Schoolmaster, Cock, Mosquito
Jan Martiník Badger, Parson
Hanno Müller-Brachmann Haraschta
Paulina Malefane Forester's Wife, Owl, Woodpecker
Anna Lapkovskaja Mrs Pasek, Dog
Jonah Halton Pasek
Irene Hoogveld Jay
London Symphony Chorus
LSO Discovery Voices
Simon Halsey chorus director
David Lawrence chorus master
Lucy Griffiths chorus master
Ben Zamora lighting designer
Nick Hillel & Adam Smith (Yeast Culture) video designers
Hans Georg Lenhart assistant director
Change of artist
Please note that Willard White will no longer be appearing in these performances, as listed in some early concert listings.
Posted 11am 20 April 2018