The Cunning Little Vixen

Leoš Janáček

The Cunning Little Vixen


This production is presented on the occasion of the Year of Czech Music 2024

The new SND building, Opera and Ballet hall
21. 9. 2024 22. 9. 2024

Schedule of performances

Saturday 21. 9. 2024
19:00 h 20:30 h
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Sunday 22. 9. 2024
17:00 h 18:30 h
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Tuesday 24. 9. 2024
11:00 h 12:30 h
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Friday 27. 9. 2024
19:00 h 20:30 h
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Saturday 28. 9. 2024
19:00 h 20:30 h
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Leoš Janáček was inspired to write the opera by a cartoon newspaper series about the adventures of the fox Bystrouška. This poetic work is a declaration of the composer's love for nature and a celebration of life. Janáček's music is a fascinating symbiosis of vocal and orchestral sound. It is witty, romantic, nostalgic, and harsh. Milan Kundera called Janáček's opera "a harrowing idyll."
The forester catches the fox and locks it in the yard of the grove. Vixen Bystrouška manages to escape back to the forest, where she meets the fox Zlatohřbítko, and they have little fox cubs together. However, Bystrouška is eventually shot in the forest. After a while, the forester meets little Bystrouška, who looks just like her mother. As Kundera put it: "The animal and human worlds are united by the same existential theme: time that is passing, old age, which is the goal of all journeys."
Presented on the occasion of the Year of Czech Music 2024 and the 170th anniversary of Leoš Janáček's birth.

Running time is indicative, as the dress rehearsal is still due for the production.

Première September 21, 2024
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Production Team

Musical Direction Juraj Valčuha
Stage Director Sláva Daubnerová
Stage and Lighting Design Volker Hintermeier
Costumes Design Tereza Kopecká
Choirmasters of the Bratislava Boys Choir Gabriel Rovňák Magdaléna Rovňáková
Dramaturgy Jozef Červenka