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The Cunning Little Vixen

Janáček - Autumn 04

A vital and uncompromising production of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen

Director 
James Conway
Conductor 
Peter Robinson
Designer 
Joanna Parker

The Autumn 2004 season offers a revival of James Conway’s vital, uncompromising production of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, an appropriately sparse, intimate production of Puccini’s La Boheme, and a new co-production (with the Young Vic) of Tobias and the Angel. The season showcased the work of Jonathan Dove, the brilliant composer of Tobias and the Angel, a church opera, and the arranger of the Puccini and Janacek operas for chamber orchestra.

On its third outing (having originated with OTC in Ireland, and fresh from much-praised performances in Janacek’s home city of Brno), Conway’s exhilarating production of Vixen was revived by Felix Barrett (of Punchdrunk, in his first opera work) and conducted by Peter Robinson. Louise Walshe and Clarissa Meek reprised their dynamic, beautiful Vixen and Fox, and Roderick Earle was a towering Forester, at once menacing and tender. With strong designs by Joanna Parker and Simon Corder, the piece has become a classic of ETO values: directness, with complex undertones, and musical and theatrical virtuosity. Opera about Life!

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    15th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm
  2. Kendal Leisure Centre
    19th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm
  3. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    27th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm
  4. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    29th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm
  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    3rd Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  6. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    5th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  7. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    10th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    12th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  9. Wycombe Swan Theatre
    15th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  10. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    20th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  12. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    26th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  13. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    30th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 15th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Kendal Leisure Centre — 19th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm

  3. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 27th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  4. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 29th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 3rd Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  6. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 5th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  7. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 10th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 12th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  9. Wycombe Swan Theatre — 15th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm

    Saint Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE

  10. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 20th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  12. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 26th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  13. Theatre Royal, Lincoln — 30th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm

    Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

James Conway

James Conway

Director

General Director of ETO, James Conway has directed 24 new productions and 4 revivals for the company, including Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais (to be revived in 2015), Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena and Handel’s Alcina, Ariodante, Teseo, Tolomeo, Flavio, Xerxes and Agrippina. Other notable ETO productions include Eugene Onegin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Simon Boccanegra, The Emperor of Atlantis and the world première of Alexander Goehr’s Promised End. For RCM he directed L’incoronazione di Poppea and Le nozze di Figaro, and for the Canadian Opera Company Don Giovanni. His production of The Cunning Little Vixen is in repertory at the Moravian National Theatre in Janacek’s home city of Brno. He has written original libretti for 2 operas and translations for 5 others, as well as several works of fiction; his most recent translation was last season’s Agrippina. Upcoming productions include Giulio Cesare (Lucca) and Ottone (ETO).

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson

Conductor

Joanna Parker

Joanna Parker

Designer

Designs for theatre, opera and dance. Joanna’s opera engagements include The Rape of Lucretia (RCM); Flavio, Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, Alcina, Le nozze di Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Cunning Little Vixen (all ETO). She has also worked with the ROH, SO, and OTC Dublin.

Joanna’s designs for theatre include The Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse and The Lyric Hammersmith. She designed The Noise of Time for Theatre de Complicité at the Lincoln Centre NY, Barbican Centre London and European Festivals.

Dance designs include Cholmondeleys, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and London Contemporary Dance Theatre. She is Senior Lecturer in Scenography at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Crew

Simon Corder

Simon Corder

Lighting Designer

Felix Barrett

Felix Barrett

Revival Director

Louise Walsh

Louise Walsh

Terynka, Vixen

Clarissa Meek

Clarissa Meek

Harasta's sister, deer, hen, fox. Also Anna in Tobias and the Angel

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Second Lady will be sung by Ms Clarissa Meek for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Cheltenham (3 April), Sheffield (11 April), Crawley (5 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (29 May).

Clarissa studied at GSMD. Opera: 2nd Lady Magic Flute; 2nd Esquire, Heavenly Voice Parsifal (ROH) Katerina Shratt Mayerling (Royal Ballet, ROH), Virtu/Pallade Coronation of Poppea (Netherlands Opera), Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Les Noces, 2nd Maid Elektra (ON); Iolanthe (title role), Annie Fisher Friend of the People (SO); Madam Larina Onegin (Glyndeboume); Mrs Grose Turn of the Screw (Grange Park); Dog-Fox Cunning Little Vixen, Frugola Il Tabarro, Zita Gianni Schicchi, Mrs Herring Albert Herring (ETO). Concert: Les Nuits d’Ete Flanders Symphony Orchestra, touring Belgium; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Bamberger Symphoniker under Walter Weller; Elijah RSNO. Recording: Feodor Boris Godunov Brighton Festival.

Deryck Hamon

Deryck Hamon

Disabled man, badger, priest

Dwayne Jones

Dwayne Jones

Born Australia
Training Opera Australia Young Artist Programme, The Victorian College of The Arts, Melbourne
Awards Joan Sutherland Operatic Award (2000)
Opera Schoolmaster / Mosquito The Cunning Little Vixen (ETO), Radames Aida (Lyric Opera, Dublin), Rodolfo La Bohème (Bremen), Lenski Eugene Onegin (SO), cover Cavaradossi Tosca (ON), Licinius La Vestale (ENO), Rodolfo La Bohème, Alfredo La Traviata (both Australian Opera)
Concert Puccini Spectacular concerts (UK tour), Howard Blake The Bear (UK première, Barbican and Birmingham)

Serena Kay

Serena Kay

Born
London

Training
RCM; BBIOS; Guildhall

Awards
Rosemary Bugden Junior Fellowship (RCM); Veronica Mansfield Scholarship (RCM)

Opera
Hansel Hansel & Gretel (OTC); Rosina Barber of Seville (Grange Park, Pimlico Opera); Nancy T’Ang Nixon in China (ENO); Hermia Midsummer Night’s Dream (ETO); Second Lady The Magic Flute (ON); Tisbe La Cenerentola (WNO)

Concerts
Wagner Wesendock Lieder (Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon); Handel Messiah (Huddersfleild Choral); Remembrance Day Concert (St David’s Hall, Cardiff)

Recordings
Earth Story – Soundtrack (BBC)

Richard Burkhard

Richard Burkhard

Harasta, dog, poacher. Also Tobit in Tobias and the Angel

Roderick Earle

Roderick Earle

headman, forester plus Ashmodeus in Tobias

Over sixty roles with the Royal Opera including Tippett’s King Fisher The Midsummer Marriage. Roderick has sung with all the main British companies as well as in several European opera houses (including Turin, Rome, Oslo and Valencia) and further afield (New Zealand, the Far East and Israel). His roles include Count, Rigoletto, Germont, Ford, Flying Dutchman, Alberich and Scarpia. In 2010 he sang Nekrotzar Le Grand Macabre at the Adelaide Festival, a role he also sang in 2011 at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires. In 2010 he sang King Lear in ETO’s world premiere of Alexander Goehr’s Promised End.

Catherine Hegarty

Catherine Hegarty

headwoman, forester's wife, woodpecker, foxcub, plus Edna in Tobias and the Angel

Catherine May

Catherine May

Youngest girl, grasshopper, pepik, hen, jay, foxcub

Soprano
Born Halifax, Canada
Training University of Regina, Canada, Wilfred Laurier University, Canada, RNCM
Awards Guelph String Festival Edward Johnson Competition Grand Prize Winner, Peter Moores Foundation Major Scholarship
Opera Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, Frasquita Carmen (Opera Brava), Cricket, Jay and Pepik The Cunning Little Vixen (ETO), Blondchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Diva Opera), Norina Don Pasquale, Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor (Pavilion Opera), Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos (Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme
Concert Orff Carmina Burana (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra), Mendelssohn Lobgesang (Britten-Pears Orchestra, Snape Maltings), Poulenc Gloria (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Wigmore Hall recital with Graham Johnson, John Corigliano’s Mr Tambourine Man
Recordings The Seasons in Zurich (Guild Records), Raw Fear Soundtrack (produced by KK)

“Funny, charming and in the end heart-rending”

The Times

“The cast were, to a whisker, gamely uninhibited. Louise Walsh’s Vixen was bright and feisty, a bit of a minx. Richard Burkhard strongly reconciled Poacher and Dog – a shaggy dog, as befits this tale.”

The Independent

“Louise Walsh makes a charming Vixen, Roderick Earle an imposing Forester and Richard Burkhard a scary poacher, responding in fine voice to the expertly urgent tempi of conductor Peter Robinson.”

The Observer

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    15th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm
  2. Kendal Leisure Centre
    19th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm
  3. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    27th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm
  4. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    29th Oct 2004 - 7:30 pm
  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    3rd Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  6. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    5th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  7. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    10th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  8. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    12th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  9. Wycombe Swan Theatre
    15th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  10. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    20th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  11. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  12. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    26th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm
  13. Theatre Royal, Lincoln
    30th Nov 2004 - 7:30 pm

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