Free spirit: releasing Janáček’s Vixen into Glyndebourne’s wilderness

The Cunning Little Vixen should be the perfect fit for Glyndebourne, with its idyllic countryside setting in the rolling Sussex hills. Yet it has only staged the opera twice: Jonathan Miller’s staging (in English) in 1975; and Melly Still‘s in 2012, revived for the first time this summer. Janáček’s opera itself is far from idyllic, a “red in tooth and claw” account of Nature’s cycle.

Still’s production has quite a ‘cartoonish’ feel about the sets. How deliberately, I wondered, was she trying to echo the comic strip original published in the newspaper Lidové noviny that had inspired Janáček’s opera?

Lucy Crowe (Vixen) and Sergei Leiferkus (Forester) © Bill Cooper | Glyndebourne (2012)

Lucy Crowe (Vixen) and Sergei Leiferkus (Forester)
© Bill Cooper | Glyndebourne (2012)

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