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The Cunning Little Vixen

by Leos Janacek

a new production of Janacek's timeless opera

When a forester brings home a baby fox, he doesn’t quite realise what he’s let himself in for. Discover The Cunning Little Vixen, the story of a young Vixen growing up in the parallel worlds of the animals and the humans. One of the twentieth century’s most beautiful operas, Janacek‘s masterpiece is a humorous, profound, and life-affirming meditation on the wonder of nature, and a celebration of its eternal renewal. Guido Martin-Brandis’ innovative production brings the animal world to life with dance, masks and puppetry. Sung in English with a brand new chamber arrangement, the superb cast features some of the UK’s most talented young artists, conducted by Oliver Till.

Alison Rose, Vixen

Oliver Gibbs, Forester

Beth Margaret Taylor, Fox/Dog

Timothy Langston, Schoolmaster/Cockerel

Ashley Mercer, Badger/Priest/Harasta

Camilla Farrant, Forester's wife/Frog/Vixen Cub


Direction, Guido Martin-Brandis

Music Direction, Oliver Till

Design, Alexander McPherson

Lighting Design, Jai Morjaria

Choreography, Nina Von Der Werth

Assistant Director, Lysanne van Overbeek

A production by The Opera Company and The Asyla Ensemble.

Monday 31st July 2017, 7.30pm

Tuesday 1 August 2017, 7.30pm

Thursday 3 August 2017, 7.30pm

Friday 4 August 2017, 4pm & 7.30pm

Arcola Theatre, London E8 3DL

'A piano quintet arrangement so skilful that you forget about what’s missing'

Evening Standard

'Alison Rose was luminous in the title role, while Oliver Gibbs made a warm and earthy Forester and the vibrant Fox of Beth Taylor, still a postgraduate student, exuded charisma. The arrangement for piano quintet sounded exquisite.' Opera Magazine

The mainly young cast and creatives pour heart and soul into the work and produce the goods, not least from the wonderful band led by Oliver Till. Broadway World

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