The Cunning Little Vixen

Příhody lišky Bystroušky
Leoš Janáček 

Between a fable and an initiatory journey, the adventures of the cunning little vixen brilliantly illustrate Janacek's musical and humanist legacy.

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Frans Jansen


Elena Tsallagova | The Vixen
Roland Wood | Forester
Angela Brower | The Fox
Elizabeth Cragg | The hen / The Jay
Ella Taylor | The rooster / The Innkeeper's Wife
Kitty Whately | The dog / Forester's wife / The Owl / The Woodpecker
Robert Murray | Schoolmaster / Mosquito / The Innkeeper
William Thomas | The Badger / The priest / The Poacher

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla | direction
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Chœur de Radio France | direction Irène Kudela 

Sung in Czech, with French and English surtitles

To read

An evening of grace and poetry in a humanist tale where human and animal destinies intertwine with humour, fantasy and melancholy. Janacek, known for his particularly dark dramas such as Jenufa and Katia Kabanova, is an exception here. The musician, who was then in his seventies, tells us about the adventures of a gamekeeper, an innkeeper, a priest, a schoolmaster... and a vixen, a fox, a dog, a rooster and some hens, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, dragonflies, an owl, a badger... But in the forest, nothing ever grows old except for the illusions of men. To accompany this poetic bestiary, the talented Mirga Grazinyté-Tyla and her musicians from the Birmingham Orchestra make their return.

PRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
France Musique broadcasts this opera on 15 January 8pm 

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