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Opera

Foxie!
The cunning
little vixen

Leoš Janáček

Presentation

Vixens aren’t made to be pets

‘Is this a fairytale or is it all true?’ At the end of The Cunning Little Vixen, the forester muses on the wonder of the eternal renewal of nature. The 68-year-old Leoš Janáček drew his inspiration for this dazzling opera from a ‘strip cartoon’ on the joys and sorrows of the vixen Bystroushka that appeared in a newspaper in Brno in 1920. This ‘Czech Midsummer Night’s Dream’, in which, like Shakespeare, he poetically entwines fantasy and reality, is his most cheerful and youthful opera. The Belgian artist and director Christophe Coppens inserts an added element of darkness and captures this in an original all-embracing concept in which youngsters and their experiments come into conflict with the adult world in a community that establishes its own nature-oriented rites. The young Italian-French conductor Antonello Manacorda, one of the discoveries of the last La Monnaie season, is sure to give us a fresh and dynamic reading of this extremely lyrical score.

Synopsis

In an oppressive environment dominated by – not always altruistic – adults, the pretty, headstrong, and freedom-loving Foxie grows up amid a group of young people keen to explore their own boundaries. She discovers life’s darker sides and goes through a number of traumatic experiences before finding true love. Her happiness, however, doesn’t last long, as she is hit by a stray bullet fired by an oddball. But even without her, life goes on and history keeps on repeating itself...

Gallery

Gallery

Cast
Cast

Conductor ANTONELLO MANACORDA Director & costumesCHRISTOPHE COPPENSSet designCHRISTOPHE COPPENS & i.s.m.architectenLightingPETER VAN PRAETDramaturgieREINDER POLSMovement coachDENNI SAYERS Chorus mastersMARTINO FAGGIANI & BENOÎT GIAUX

Revírník (Forester) ANDREW SCHROEDER
Revírníková (Forester’s wife) SARA FULGONI
Rechtor (Schoolmaster) JOHN GRAHAM-HALL
Farář (Parson) ALEXANDER VASSILIEV
Harašta VINCENT LE TEXIER
Pásek (Innkeeper) YVES SAELENS
Bystrouška (Vixen) LENNEKE RUITEN
Pásková (Innkeeper’s wifre) MIREILLE CAPELLE
Lišák (Fox) ELEONORE MARGUERRE
Mala Bystrouška (Young vixen)MARIA PORTELA LARISCH
FrantíkLOGAN LOPEZ GONZALEZ
PepíkMARION BAUWENS
LapákKRIS BELLIGH
KohoutWILLEM VAN DER HEYDEN
ChocholkaVIRGINIE LÉONARD
CvrčekMARION BAUWENS
KobylkaLOGAN LOPEZ GONZALEZ
SkokánekHELEEN GOEMINNE
DatelBIRGITTE BØNDING
KomárALAIN-PIERRE WINGELINCKX
JezevecALEXANDER VASSILIEV
SovaBEATA MORAWSKA
SojkaLIEVE JACOBS
Solo Liščička MARGARETA KÖLLNER

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus & MM Academy

PRODUCTION De Munt / La Monnaie

Agenda

Agenda

La Monnaie / De Munt

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