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Bystrouška in Hukvaldy

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 Juli 2014

Leoš Janáček, Monument of The Cunning Little Vixen in Hukvaldy (c) Kazuo Ikeda, crative commonsWhat he did, what he did not do – no law governed him except his persona. His music, his ideology – both are completely inaccessible if one does not find them spellbinding. Of course they enrapture the spellbound by luring them into an ocean of beauty with its own laws, where a slow, cautious approach is absolutely forbidden and impossible. (Max Brod on Leoš Janáček)

Today 160 years ago Leoš Janáček was born Hukvaldy, Moravia. 

View the study score of the first act of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in the newly revised edition by Jirí Zahrádka.

The Cunning Little Vixen in Vienna and Stokenchurch

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 Juni 2014

 The Cunning Little Vixen, Wiener Staatsoper

Franz Welser-Möst and the Staatsopernorchester turn the instrumental passages into paintings of dazzling intensity. (Ljubisa Tosic, Der Standard, 20.06.2014)

This time, it’s the animals that are telling me a story about humanity, nature, the forest, life and death. (Interview with Otto Schenk, Kurier, 15.06.2014)

You can almost smell the forest. (Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Die Presse, 19.06.2014)

The Cunning Little Vixen, Garsington Opera

Emerging from the staged woodland of designer Robert Innes Hopkins into the leafy twilight with the Forester's transcendent meditation on nature still resounding in the ears has to be the most magical operatic experience of my year. (Katherine Cooper, WhatsOnStage, 24.06.2014)

Claire Booth exceeds even high expectations as a knockout Vixen in this superb rendering of Janáček’s opera (Guy Dammann, The Guardian, 23.06.2014)

Janáček would have approved. (Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 23.06.2014)

If you don’t know Janáček’s music, then this admirably clear-cut, beautifully sung production is the ideal place to start […] you’ll want more and more, and you won’t be happy until you get your annual Katya Kabanova and Jenůfa fix. (Melanie Eskenazi, music OMH, 24.06.2014)

The newly revised edition of Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (edited by Jirí Zahrádka) is running in new productions at the Staatsoper in Vienna and at the Garsington Opera at Wormsley in Stokenchurch at the moment, and the critics’ reviews couldn’t be better. Click the corresponding links to read the full reviews.

The Making of The Cunning Little Vixen: Production Diary #3

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 Juni 2014

The third and final part of the Cleveland Orchestra’s production diary of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen follows the cast through the rehearsals as the day of the première approaches:

Behind The Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen

The Making of The Cunning Little Vixen: Production Diary #1

The Making of The Cunning Little Vixen: Production Diary #2

Two foxes at the pantheon of opera’s unforgettable couples: The Cunning Little Vixen

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 Juni 2014

I think [Leoš Janáček] has an emotional impact on audiences which is so immediate that that’s what makes him really God in the opera world. (Franz Welser-Möst, The Making of The Cunning Little Vixen: Production Diary #1)

Here is a collection of the amazing reviews of Franz Welser-Möst’s and the Cleveland Orchestra’s semi-staged production of Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen:

To the pantheon of opera’s unforgettable couples, from Mozart’s Figaro and Susanna to Puccini’s Tosca and Cavaradossi, I’d like to add a pair that lies a considerable distance from them: two foxes. (Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, 23.05.2014)

The capacity audience gave the production an immediate well-deserved standing ovation. Bravos were numerous — as were a few expressions of “Wow.” (Alan Montgomery, Opera News, 17.05.2014)

The Cleveland Orchestra’s digitally enhanced production of Leoš Janáček’s opera, The Cunning Little Vixen, […] is beguiling in concept and brilliant in execution. (Daniel Hathaway, Classical Voice North America, 19.05.2014)

Watch the production diaries of The Cunning Little Vixen #1 and #2 on YouTube.

Symphony guide: Janáček’s Sinfonietta

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 Mai 2014

Leoš Janáček (c) Leoš Janáček Foundation“If you think that a piece that begins and ends with a phalanx of military fanfares, performed by an additional ensemble of 13 brass players - including nine trumpets – can’t possibly be taken seriously as one of the 20th century’s most compelling symphonies, then look away now.”

Tom Service’s latest entry in his symphony guide series takes a closer look at Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta.

Read the full text on The Guardian.

The Cunning Little Vixen in Prague

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 März 2014

The Cunning Little Vixen (c) National Theatre, Prague // Národní Divadlo
A new production of Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen [Příhody lišky Bystroušky] will première today, 20 March 2014, at the National Theatre in Prague. Janáček’s opera will be performed at the theatre for the first time in the last ten years and is the theatre’s contribution to the Czech Music Year programme.

For more information about the opera and the full cast, visit the National Theatre’s website.

Leoš Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
opera in 3 acts | 110'
4 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, cel, str
20.03.2014, National Theatre, Prague; Czech National Opera Chorus; Czech National Opera Orchestra, cond. Robert Jindra; Stage Director: Ondřej Havelka

Sarah Lavaud: In the Mists

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 März 2014

Sarah Lavaud: Dans les Brumes The French pianist Sarah Lavaud has devoted her first solo CD Dans les Brumes to Leoš Janáček’s most well-known piano pieces together with several late pages characteristic of his mature style.

Lavaud has been described by Jean-Claude Pennetier as “one of those interpreters for whom the rendering of each musical phrase or idea is a vital commitment.”

Dans les Brumes will be released on 19 March on Editions Hortus and includes the eponymous In the Mists, the Sonata IX, On an Overgrown Path, A Recollection and excerpts from Intimate Sketches.

Janáček’s Jenůfa at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 31 Januar 2014

Janacek: Jenufa, Piano Reduction (c) Universal EditionGeorge Loomis of the New York Times has reviewed Alvis Hermanis’ production of Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa, which runs at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels until 7 February.

Read the full review on the New York Times.

Find out more about Jenůfa.

Leoš Janáček: Jenůfa
Opera in 3 acts from Moravian peasant life | 120'
3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(2), bells, hp, str - stage music: hn(2), toy tpt, xyl, bells, str(1 1 1 1 1)
31.01.2014; 02, 04, 05, and 07.02.2014, La Monnaie, Bruxelles; Sally Matthews/Andrea Danková, Charles Workman, Nicky Spence, Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Carole Wilson, Ivan Ludlow, Alexander Vassiliev, Mireille Capelle, Hendrickje Van Kerckhove, Beata Morawska, Chloé Briot, Nathalie Van de Voorde, Marta Beretta; Choeur de la Monnaie, Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie, cond. Ludovic Morlot

Ivan Hewett of The Telegraph on Mahler and Janáček

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 Dezember 2013

Leoš Janáček (c) Leoš Janáček Foundation Gustav Mahler (c) Universal Edition

Ivan Hewett’s Classic 50 Nos. 48 and 49 are by Gustav Mahler and Leoš Janáček respectively. You can read the articles by clicking on the names of the composers.

The Makropulos Affair in Finland

Posted on 31 August 2012

A new production of Janáčeks Makropulos Affair opens in Helsinki tonight. 

See details, cast and photos at the Finnish National Opera website.

Happy Birthday Leoš Janáček

Posted on 03 Juli 2012

Lulu and a Vixen at the Welsh National Opera

Posted on 16 Januar 2012

David Pountney

Artistic Director David Pountney has just announced the 2012–2014 programme of the Welsh National Opera.

Under the title Free Spirits, the WNO is presenting Alban Berg’s Lulu and Leoš Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen in spring 2013.

The full programme is here (PDF file).

Janáček’s Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms

Posted on 21 Juli 2011

Janáček’s Sinfonietta comes to the BBC Proms tonight in a concert by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Listen live on BBC Radio 3.

For those who can’t wait:

Watch (or rather listen) on YouTube

From the House of the Dead in Zurich

Posted on 28 Juni 2011

The final performance of Peter Konwitschny’s new production of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead takes place this Friday in Zurich.

Read an interview (in German) with conductor Ingo Metzmacher and director Peter Konwitschny in the Zurich Opera Magazine.

View on Issuu.

Vixen opens in New York

Posted on 22 Juni 2011

Vixen in New YorkThe New York Philharmonic’s production of the Cunning Little Vixen opens at the Avery Fisher Hall tonight.

“Music Director Alan Gilbert, director/designer Doug Fitch, and the New York Philharmonic invite you into the woods, with Avery Fisher Hall transformed into a fantastical forest filled with talking frogs, singing mosquitoes and badgers, and one very fetching little fox.”

See production photos on the NYPhil’s Facebook page.