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The Cunning Little Vixen with Curtis Opera Theatre

May 2 - May 5

The Forest Comes Alive in Janáček’s Woodland Fable

Curtis’s exciting 2023–24 season concludes with Leoš Janáček’s masterpiece, The Cunning Little Vixen, one of the most vivid and colorful operatic works of the 20th century. Led by a plucky heroine, this poetic parable celebrates the eternal cycle of life and death as it spins a comical yet bittersweet tale of Vixen Sharp Ears. Captured by a gamekeeper, the mischievous young fox cub grows up to become a strong, independent vixen, escaping into the wild, where she embarks on an adventurous journey. Janáček’s stirring adaptation of the beloved Czech novella features a lushly orchestrated, folk-infused score bursting with boundless invention and an imaginative array of dazzling colors.

Widely acclaimed director John Matsumoto Giampietro places the opera in a world of magical realism, in a fusion between the forest and a contemporary rehearsal studio. Under the baton of internationally renowned conductor and Curtis alumnus Vinay Parameswaran (’13), The Cunning Little Vixen features the rising young stars of the Curtis Opera Theatre in collaboration with the GRAMMY-nominated Philadelphia Boys Choir. This innovative new production focuses on the journey we all take through the seasons, walking side by side with nature.     

The Cunning Little Vixen is sung in Czech with English supertitles.
Leoš Janáčekmusic and libretto