Janáček's 'Cunning Little Vixen' from Turin

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lucie Silkenova stars in 'The Cunning Little Vixen' at Teatro Regio Torino. Lucie Silkenova stars in 'The Cunning Little Vixen' at Teatro Regio Torino. (Ramella&Giannese/Teatro Regio Torino)

This week, Lisa Simeone hosts Leos Janáček's fairy tale opera, The Cunning Little Vixen. The composer was inspired to write the opera after reading a newspaper comic strip illustrating the adventures of a sly young fox. Her adventures begin as she's captured by a Forester, who tries to tame her. However, her nature as a wild animal cannot be completely suppressed. The Vixen gets loose in the Forester's henhouse and begins attacking the birds. Knowing she had done wrong, she bites through her leash and escapes to the forest.

One day she meets a dashing male fox, and the two get married. They raise a family and all seems to be going well until the Vixen falls into a trap set by the Forester. Jan Latham-Koenig conducts the Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus in this performance, recorded at the Teatro Regio in Turin.

World of Opera airs Thursdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 1 pm on the Operavore stream.


The Vixen: Lucie Silkenová (soprano)
The Forester: Svatopluk Sem (baritone)
The Fox: Michaela Kapustová (mezzo-soprano)
Lapak the Dog: Carlotta Vichi (mezzo-soprano)
Harašta: Jakub Kettner (bass)
Forester's Wife: Eliska Weissová (mezzo-soprano)
The Schoolmaster: Jaroslav Brezina (tenor)
The Priest: Ladislav Mlejnek (bass)
Frantik: Martina Baroni (soprano)
Pepik: Martina Pelusi (soprano)
The Rooster: Diana Mian (soprano)
Woodpecker: Kate Fruchterman (mezzo-soprano)

Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus
Jan Latham-Koenig, conductor

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