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Work: The Cunning Little Vixen

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ComposerJanáček, Leoš (1854-1928)
Period20th century
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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LondonThe Cunning Little Vixen

Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
Sir Simon Rattle; Peter Sellars; Gerald Finley; Lucy Crowe; Sophia Burgos; Sir Willard White

PragueThe Cunning Little Vixen

Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
Robert Jindra; Ondřej Havelka; Prague National Theatre Opera; Martin Černý; Kateřina Štefková; Martin Bárta; Svatopluk Sem
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Woodland Tales: Vixen at the RCM

Harriet Eyley (Vixen) © Chris Christodoulou
The Royal College of Music's first opera of the season, The Cunning Little Vixen has some excellent singing and first-class playing from the student orchestra.
***11
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Sellar's half-baked semi-staging mars a fine Vixen

Lucy Crowe (Vixen) and Gerald Finley (Forester) © Monika Rittershaus
Rattle conducts Janáček's glorious score with unerring skill and barely concealed adoration, but is let down by his regular collaborator's muddy vision. 
***11
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Cleveland Orchestra opens 100th season with a stunning Cunning Little Vixen

The Cleveland Orchestra's stage projections © © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra’s centennial season was off to an auspicious start with an encore presentation of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
*****
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A dreamlike forest in an abandoned train station: The Cunning Little Vixen at West Edge Opera

Amy Foote (Vixen Sharp-Ears) © Cory Weaver
The sets, costumes, and venue contribute to the atmosphere, but it's the singing and playing of Janáček's enchanting music that make West Edge Opera's The Cunning Little Vixen magical.
****1
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Circle of Life: Vixen returns to Glyndebourne

Elena Tsallagova (Vixen) © Richard Hubert Smith
Melly Still returns to revive her 2012 staging at Glyndebourne, laying nature bare. Cartoonish, but never sentimental, it presents Vixen red in tooth and claw, 
****1
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