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opera Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen

Charles Mackerras, Nicholas Hytner – Eva Jenis (The Vixen) – Théâtre du Châtelet

Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen Charles Mackerras, Nicholas Hytner – Eva Jenis (The Vixen) – Théâtre du Châtelet


An enchanting children's story, here presented in Nicholas Hytner's highly poetic production.

In the forest, a forester is having a nap against a tree. Waken up by a vixen cub playing with a frog, the forester captures the vixen and takes it home. But the vixen is unhappy in this confinement among servile pets. The vixen decides to run off to freedom. A handsome fox appears. Introductions, seduction, marriage: the couple soon settles and gets a litter of fox cubs. The poacher Harasta arrives in the forest, sets traps, shoots. The vixen is killed. Harasta offers the vixen's fur to his bride, Terynka, during their wedding day. The forester, overwhelmed with the lost of the vixen and Terynka, whom he loved, finds consolation seeing the vixen's cubs running around, contemplating the everlasting cycle of life and death.

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  • Nicholas Hytner
  • Jean-Claude Gallotta | Choreographer
  • Jean Kalman | Lighting
  • Bob Crowley | Costume designer
  • Thomas Allen | The Forester
  • Eva Jenis | The Vixen
  • Hana Minutillo | The Fox
  • Libuše Márová | The Forester's Wife / The Owl
  • Ivan Kusnjer | The Poacher
  • Richard Novák | The Parson / the Badger
  • Josef Hajna | The Schoolmaster / The Mosquito
  • Jean-Philippe Marlière
  • Sarah Connolly | The innkeeper's Wife / the Cock / the Jay
  • Florence Bonnafous | The Hen
  • Françoise Martinaud | The Woodpecker
  • Orchestre de Paris
  • Charles Mackerras | Music director
  • Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine
  • Francis Bardot | Chorus director
  • Chœur du Châtelet
  • James Johnson | Chorus director


  • Leoš Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen
    • Act I - Prelude
    • Going to be a storm soon
    • Come on, old lady, and let's get the show started
    • Mummy ! Mummy ! What is that ?
    • Pantomime
    • Prelude
    • Look at how big she's grown
    • I'm just the same too
    • Interlude (Ou, ou !)
    • You should take a lesson from me !
    • Sisters ! Comrades !
    • Come on then, don't be frightened


  • Directed by:
    • Brian Large
  • Venue: Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 1995
  • Duration: 1 h 37 min
  • Production: © RM Arts
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN, FR, ES
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