The Cunning Little Vixen

Leoš Janáček

4 February – 1 April 2023

Dates & venues

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 his native Moravian countryside, Janáček’s colouristic score vividly evokes both the human and animal worlds without a trace of sentimentality. David Pountney’s production – here conducted by Music Director Garry Walker – is widely regarded as a classic.

“… a must-see production bursting with life”
Opera Today, (WNO, 2019)

“Still has that necessary vital spark. It charms and delights…”
★★★★ — The Times (WNO, 2019)

Originally a co-production between Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera.

From £15*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • Hull New Theatre

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Sung in English with English titles

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Cast & creative

Elin Pritchard

Vixen Sharp-Ears

Heather Lowe


Paul Nilon
Paul Nilon


A white man with a beard wearing a shirt.
Henry Waddington


Callum Thorpe


Image of conductor Garry Walker
Garry Walker


A white man with short hair and a mutton chop beard.
David Pountney


A while woman with short dark hair and stuff earrings.
Elaine Tyler-Hall

Associate Director/Choreographer

A white woman with dark hair resting hair head on her hand.
Maria Björnson

Set and Costume Designer

An older white man with short hair wearing a t-shirt.
Nick Chelton

Lighting Designer

An older white man with white hair.
Stuart Hopps


The Cunning Little Vixen

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