In no other opera can you find a balletic dragonfly, a brood of hens, an arrogant dog, a buzzing mosquito and a homeless badger! Quite apart from Vixen Sharp Ears, the stage teams with animal life, both in the farmyard and in the wild.
Janáček is brilliant at giving the animals very particular personalities which are reflected in the way they move and interact with each other. The dragonfly, for example, is always performed by a dancer, ensuring it’s as mesmerising to watch as in the wild. The costumes, designed by Maria Björnson, also cleverly reference the animals’ colours and shapes, as well as paying homage to the 1920s when the work was written – look out for the Vixen’s flapper-inspired dress!