The Cunning Little Vixen


Leoš Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen opera to libretto by the composer. Directed by Melly Stil at Glyndebourne. Stars Lucy Crowe (Vixen Sharp Ears), Emma Bell (Fox), Sergei Leiferkus (Forester), Mischa Schelomianski (Badger/Priest), Adrian Thompson (Schoolmaster/Mosquito), William Dazeley (Harašta), Jean Rigby (Forester's Wife/Owl), Colin Judson (Pásek the Innkeeper), and Sarah Pring (Inkeeper's Wife). Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne chorus (Chorus Master Jeremy Bines). Set designs by Tom Pye; costumes by Dinah Collin; lighting by Paule Constable; choreography by Maxine Doyle; fight direction by Kevin McCurdy; directed for film by Thomas Grimm; executive producer George Bruell. Released 2013, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

David Shengold gave this Vixen a mixed review + a warning in the October 2013 Opera News at page 64. Good news: nice playing by London Philharmonic, decent singing and acting, and good costumes, sets, and lighting. Bad news: over-busy directing and choreography with too much "Tanztheater Wuppertal posing" and "blood and sex on view." The warning is that this Vixen is not for kids.

Here's an Opus Arte clip with more on why this production is not for young children: