About The Cunning Little Vixen
A Forester captures a young Vixen and takes her home as a pet for his children. But when she is harassed by the Forester’s amorous dog, and tormented by the children, she escapes back into the wild. There, the Vixen meets a Fox and has a family, but later she is shot dead as she fends for her cubs. Her children survive, however, and the opera ends in an affirmation of the power of nature to renew itself.
Inspired by the sights and sounds of Janáček’s native Moravian countryside, this colourful production vividly evokes both the human and animal worlds without a trace of sentimentality.