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Das schlaue Füchslein (The Cunning Little Vixen)

Photo of the entrance to Halls F and G in the MuseumsQuartier
© WienTourismus/Paul Bauer
Photo of the entrance to Halls F and G in the MuseumsQuartier

Opera in three acts
in Czech language with surtitles
libretto by the composer

Premiere: 15 October 2022

Wiener Symphoniker
Arnold Schönberg Choir
Musical direction: Giedrė Šlekytė
Production: Stefan Herheim


What does nature mean when it is brought to the operatic stage using artistic techniques? A forester catches a little fox in the woods and drags it home with him. While following her animal instincts, the vixen behaves in a surprisingly human way: she gossips, steals and kills, fights for her freedom, seizes the moment to win her great love and shows the humans around her what it means to be alive. The Cunning Little Vixen, first performed in 1924 and based on a novella by Rudolf Tešnohlídek, is an unconventional portrayal of humans and animals in which Leoš Janáček breaks new ground. His music, as playful as it is melancholy, celebrates the circle of life. For Stefan Herheim, this is a good reason to use Janáček’s opera to celebrate the transformational power of musical theatre when he makes his bow at the Theater an der Wien as a hands-on artistic director.

Venue

Theater an der Wien - MuseumsQuartier Halle E

Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien

Current Dates

  • Sat. 15 Oct 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 17 Oct 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 20 Oct 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 22 Oct 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 25 Oct 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 27 Oct 2022, 7 p.m.