2014

The Cunning Little Vixen

Prague National Theatre

Opera - by Leoš Janáček - The National Theatre

After an interval of more than a decade, the National Theatre will again include in its repertoire Janáček’s celebrated “philosophical revue“ on animals and people, desire, disillusionment with life and wise atonement with eternal Nature.

Lenka Mačiáková, Kateřina Jalovcová, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Jakub Kettner, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Second act, photo by Hana Smejkalová

The Cunning Little Vixen, inspired by the newspaper serial story of Rudolf Těsnohlídek and Stanislav Lolek, transposed in 1921-1923 with great understanding, feeling and hyperbole into operatic form, is a title possessing significant potential to captivate the audience.

Lenka Mačiáková, Kateřina Jalovcová, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Owing to its wit, profound ideas and emotionality, the work speaks to adults, while children are enchanted by its picturesque nature and exquisite scenery.

First act, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Lenka Mačiáková, Kateřina Jalovcová, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Despite being one of the most famous Czech operas and part of the standard global repertoire, in our country Janáček’s work is still not as popular (perhaps due to the ingrained prejudice against the composer’s music) as comparable titles such as The Bartered Bride, Rusalka and The Devil and Kate. - Luděk Vele, Jaroslav Březina, Jakub Kettner, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Lenka Mačiáková, Jana Sýkorová, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Lenka Mačiáková, Kateřina Jalovcová, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Luděk Vele, Jaroslav Březina, Jakub Kettner, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Lenka Mačiáková, Kateřina Jalovcová, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Lenka Mačiáková, Kateřina Jalovcová, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Jiří Bruckler, Alžběta Poláčková, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Lenka Mačiáková, Kateřina Jalovcová, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Lenka Mačiáková, Jana Sýkorová, photo by Hana Smejkalová

Jiří Bruckler, Jakub Kettner, photo by Hana Smejkalová

The Cunning Little Vixen, inspired by the newspaper serial story of Rudolf Těsnohlídek and Stanislav Lolek
Credits: Story

Autor libreta: Leoš Janáček
Hudební nastudování: Robert Jindra
Dirigent: Robert Jindra, Zbyněk Müller
Režie: Ondřej Havelka
Scéna: Martin Černý
Kostýmy: Kateřina Štefková
Choreografie: Jana Hanušová
Sbormistr: Martin Buchta
Dramaturgie: Ondřej Hučín
Sbormistr Kühnova dětského sboru: Jiří Chvála

Libretto: Leoš Janáček
Musical preparation: Robert Jindra
Conductor: Robert Jindra
Stage director: Ondřej Havelka
Sets: Martin Černý
Costumes: Kateřina Štefková
Choreography: Jana Hanušová
Chorus master: Martin Buchta
Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hučín
Chorus master of the Kühn's Children's Choir: Jiří Chvála
National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre Chorus
Ballet of the National Theatre Opera
Kühn Children’s Choir

Premiere: March 20 and 22, 2014

Photo: Hana Smejkalová
Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 10 minutes, one 20-minute intermission.
The opera is staged in Czech original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.

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