Barry Kay, internationally acclaimed stage and costume designer, photographer, born 1932 Melbourne Australia, died 1985 London England
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The Cunning Little Vixen / Příhody lišky Bystroušky – stage presentation





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Design Summary
   Cunning Little Vixen
       Stage
       Costumes
       Scenery
       Reflections
       Synopsis

Opera


three acts



Music
Libretto
Translation

Leoš Janáček
Leoš Janáček, based on Rudolf Têsnohlídek's novel «Liška Bystrouška»
Norman Tucker


Scenery
Costumes


Barry Kay
Barry Kay



Direction
Conductor
Orchestra
Company


Colin Graham
Colin Davis
Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra
Sadler's Wells Opera Company



Leading characters
Vixen Sharpears
Fox Goldenmane
Forester
Parson-Badger
Schoolmaster-Dog
Poacher Harašta


Cast
June Bronhill, soprano
Kevin Miller, tenor
Neil Easton, baritone
Harold Blackburn, tenor
Raymond Nilsson, bass
Julian [?] Moyle, bass



Venue
Première


Sadler's Wells Theatre - London
22 March 1961



Composed in 1922-23, the opera was premièred in Brno (Brünn) on 6 November 1924. The staging by the Sadler's Wells Opera Company (since 1974 English National Opera) was its first performance in England.



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Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen act I scene 1 spring Dance of the Dragonfly Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph


Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen act I scene 2 autumn Vixen Sharpears' (June Bronhill) escape to freedom Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph

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Act I, scene 1
Dance of the Dragonfly   XXL


Act I, scene 2
Vixen Sharpears' escape   XXL



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Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen act II scene 4 summer Fox Goldenmare (Kevin Miller) is courting Vixen Sharpears (June Bronhill) Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph


Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen Act II scene 4 summer animals of the forest gather to celebrate the wedding of Fox Goldenmare (Kevin Miller) and Vixen Sharpears (June Bronhill) Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph

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Act II, scene 4
Fox Goldenmane courting Vixen   XXL


Act II, scene 4
Wedding of Fox and Vixen   XXL



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Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen act III acene 1 next year Vixen Sharpears (June Bronhill) is decoying away Poacher Harasta to protect her cubs from him Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph


Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen act III scene 1 next year while Vixen Sharpears (June Bronhill) is decoying away Poacher Harasta Fox Goldenmare (Kevin Miller) and their cubs are seizing Harasta's game bag Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph

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Act III, scene 1
Vixen decoying Poacher Harašta   XXL


Act III, scene 1
Fox and cubs seizing Poacher's game bag   XXL




production photographs by courtesy of the Leoš Janáeček Society, Switzerland



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