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?
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