The Cunning Little Vixen / Příhody lišky Bystroušky

Operathree acts
SceneryBarry Kay
CostumesBarry Kay
MusicLeoš Janáček
LibrettoLeoš Janáček, based on Rudolf Têsnohlídek's novel «Liška Bystrouška»
TranslationNorman Tucker
World Première22 March 1961
CompanySadler's Wells Opera Company
VenueSadler's Wells Theatre - London
DirectionColin Graham
ConductorColin Davis
OrchestraSadler's Wells Opera Orchestra [?]
Leading charactersCast
Vixen SharpearsJune Bronhill, soprano
Fox GoldenmaneKevin Miller, tenor
ForesterNeil Easton, baritone
Parson-BadgerHarold Blackburn, tenor
Schoolmaster-DogRaymond Nilsson, bass
Poacher HaraštaJulian [?] Moyle, bass

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.


Act I, scene 1
Dance of the Dragonfly

Act I, scene 2
Vixen Sharpears’ escape


Act II, scene 4
Fox Goldenmane courting Vixen

Act II, scene 4
Wedding of Fox and Vixen


Act III, scene 1
Vixen decoying poacher Harašta

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

production photographs by courtesy of the Leoš Janáeček Society, Switzerland