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Cleveland Orchestra presents
Leoš Janáček’s opera "The Cunning Little Vixen"
at Severance Hall on May 17, 20, 22, and 24

Franz Welser-Möst leads world premiere of made-for-Cleveland opera production featuring animation by Walter Robot Studios and directed by Yuval Sharon

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Release Date:  May 9, 2014

CLEVELAND — Music Director Franz Welser-Möst continues his emphasis on operatic and choral repertoire with a compelling new production of Leoš Janáček's "The Cunning Little Vixen," performed with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall May 17-24.  Presented with innovative and original animation, this world premiere production explores the depths of human experience in a charming tale of love, peril, freedom, and family. On the surface, the opera’s story is about childish things, but underneath, human emotions boil over and burst apart between the "animals of the forest" and their human interlocutors.

Director Yuval Sharon —  the critically acclaimed director of Invisible Cities in Los Angeles, which was recently named a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist in music — along with Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie of Walter Robot Studios, have crafted a digital world where the human heads of singers blend with animated animal bodies on three 26-foot screens in Severance Hall.  Welser-Möst describes it as the rarely found "uncompromising" artistic experience — for the musicians, the creative team, and, ultimately, for audiences.

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.  The international cast also features bass-baritone Alan Held and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, bass Raymond Aceto, mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, bass-baritone Dashon Burton, and tenor David Cangelosi.

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus also join the cast for the production.  

The projection and lighting design is by Jason Thompson, with costumes by Ann Closs-Farley, and masks by Cristina Waltz.


Saturday, MAY 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, MAY 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, MAY 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, MAY 24 at 2 p.m.

JANÁČEK - The Cunning Little Vixen
(complete opera, sung in Czech with projected English supertitles)
Opera Cast and Creative:

conducted by Franz Welser-Möst
Martina Janková, soprano (Vixen)
Alan Held, bass-baritone (Forester)
Jennifer Johnson Cano, soprano (Fox)
Raymond Aceto, bass (Haraschta)
Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano (Dog)
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone (Parson/Badger)
David Cangelosi, tenor (Mosquito / Schoolmaster)
Sandra Ross, soprano (Forester's Wife / Woodpecker)
Samantha Gossard, soprano (Rooster/Owl)
Marian Vogel, soprano (Mrs. Pásek / Chief Hen / Blue Jay)
Brian Keith Johnson, baritone (Pásek)
Laura Schubach, soprano (Cricket / Frog / Pepík)
Miranda Scholl, soprano (Grasshopper / Frantík)
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
     Robert Porco, director
Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus
     Ann Usher, director

Directed by Yuval Sharon
Animation by Walter Robot Studios of Los Angeles — Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie
Projection and lighting design by Jason Thompson
Costumes by Ann Closs-Farley
Masks by Cristina Waltz

Click or tap below to view the PROGRAM BOOK:
Opera:  The Cunning Little Vixen:  May 17, 20, 22, 24


TICKETS:  $30-$95, Box $150
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