24 November 2017
Performance dates: 27 & 29 November, 1 & 2 December
Michael Rosewell conductor
Daniel Slater director
Alex Berry designer
Hannah Wolfe costume designer
English translation by Norma Tucker
By arrangement with Universal Edition A G Wien
The RCM International Opera School present a brand-new production of Janáček’s tragi-comic opera The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Daniel Slater and conducted by Michael Rosewell.
An enchanted forest comes to life in a wooded glen on a summer afternoon. A clever Vixen is captured by a Forester, but she outwits him and escapes. As the story unfolds, she encounters many woodland animals along the way before finding love with a Fox and having cubs of her own. But her dealings with the Forester are far from over – he sets a trap, but then realises the splendour of nature all around him in a life-affirming final scene.
Exploring the cycles of life and nature, Janáček combines dance, folk music and sensuous orchestral interludes in this beguiling and thought-provoking opera.
After directing a critically-acclaimed production of The Cunning Little Vixen in 2014, including a 5-star review in the Guardian, 4-star reviews in the Telegraph, Financial Times and the Arts Desk, in addition to being named What’sOnStage ‘Best New Production’ (2015), Daniel Slater teams up with Olivier-Award winning Michael Rosewell, staging this ‘luminous and lucid’ production with the talented young singers at the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School.