A new production of Leoš Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen received its premiere on 19 January at the Theatro Regio Turin. Eigth Czech singers in total are starring in this co-production between the Opéra National du Rhin and Opéra de Lille by the well-known Canadian opera director Robert Carsen: Lucie Silkenová (Bystrouška), Michaela Kapustová (Zlatohřbítek), Svatopluk Sem (Forester), Eliška Weissová (Forester’s wife), Jakub Kettner (Harašta), Jaroslav Březina (Schoolmaster), Lenka Šmídová (Mrs. Pásková) and Ladislav Mlejnek (Priest).
The release of The Cunning Little Vixen was the first of the events of the “Janáček-Carsen” project, the aim of which is to introduce this composer’s music to the Turin audience. The opera will be staged five times in total in quick succession between 9 and 26 January at the Teatro Regio, being interspersed by Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass on 22 January. The production was presented to the public on 12 January with a lecture titled “The Cunning Little Vixen and Glagolitic Mass, Janáček and the influence of love” by the production’s conductor Jan Latham-Koenig. The premiere was broadcast live by the Italian radio station Rai-Radio 3.
19, 20, 23, 24 and 26 January 2016, Teatro Regio, Turin, Italy
Leoš Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen (1924)
Direction: Robert Carsen, conductor: Jan Latham-Koenig
Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino, Children Chorus Teatro Regio Torino and Conservatorio “G. Verdi”