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Opera: Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen

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Martina Janková, soprano (Vixen)
Alan Held, bass-baritone (Forester)
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano (Fox)
Raymond Aceto, bass (Harašta)
Julie Boulianne, 
mezzo-soprano (The Dog Lapák)
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone (Parson/Badger)
David Cangelosi, tenor (Schoolmaster/Mosquito)
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus
The Cleveland Orchestra
conducted by Franz Welser-Möst


Don't miss the opera event of the season!  With this compelling new production of Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, created specifically for Severance Hall.  Presented with innovative and original animation, this world premiere production plumbs the depths of human experience in a charming tale of love, peril, freedom, and family.  On the surface, the story is about childish things, but underneath human emotions boil over and burst apart between the "animals of the forest" and their human interlocutors. 

The opera's starring role, portrayed for Cleveland by favorite Czech soprano Martina Jarková, wends her way through life's cycles of learning and danger, love and happiness. Janáček's score from 1924 mixes lyrical symphonic writing with intriguing rhythmic touches, lovingly combined with the songful serenity and energetic pulse of Moravian folk music. Don't miss this unique, made-for-Cleveland presentation!

At a Glance
JANÁČEK - The Cunning Little Vixen
(Opera sung in Czech with projected English supertitles.)

Directed by Yuval Sharon
Animation by
Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie — Walter Robot Studios
Projection and lighting design by Jason Thompson
Costumes by
Ann Closs-Farley
Mask designs by Cristina Waltz
The opera is presented without intermission
and will run about 90 minutes in performance.

This opera production is supported, in part,
by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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About the Music

Commentary and historical background about the music are printed in program books distributed free-of-charge at most Cleveland Orchestra concerts. The program notes are usually available on-line ahead of time.

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