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The Curtis Institute of Music

Curtis Opera Theatre: The Cunning Little Vixen

The Forest Comes Alive in Janácek's Woodland Fable

May 02, 2024
May 05, 2024

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John Giampietro, Stage director

Vinay Parameswaran, Conductor

Members of Curtis Opera Theatre


Leoš Janáčekmusic and libretto

The Curtis Opera Theatre’s 2023–24 season concludes with Janáček’s masterpiece, The Cunning Little Vixen, one of the most powerful operatic works of the 20th century. Led by a plucky heroine, this poetic parable celebrates the cyclical nature of life and death as it spins a comical yet bittersweet tale of Vixen Sharp Ears. Captured by a Forester, the mischievous young fox cub grows up to become a strong, independent vixen, escaping into the wild, where she encounters a forest full of possibilities. Janáček’s adaptation of the beloved Czech novella features a lushly orchestrated, folk-infused score bursting with boundless energy and an imaginative array of dazzling colors.     

The Cunning Little Vixen is sung in Czech with English supertitles.


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