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opera Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen André Engel (stage director), Dennis Russell Davies (conductor) – With Elena Tsallagova (The Vixen), Paul Gay (Harašta)

André Engel (stage director), Dennis Russell Davies (conductor) – With Elena Tsallagova (The Vixen), Paul Gay (Harašta)

Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen André Engel (stage director), Dennis Russell Davies (conductor) – With Elena Tsallagova (The Vixen), Paul Gay (Harašta)


Elusive and always insolently free, even when the forester chains her up and the schoolmaster in his inevitable cups believes he is pursuing Terynka, this little vixen is a will-o'-the-wisp whose flashing russet, wherever it blazes, revives the smart of their ancient desires and departed loves in the hearts of men. In a community living as close to the natural state and its prodigies as it is imaginable to be, no other creature better personifies the life-force which demands that we accept the implacable cycle of Nature, encompassed between the extremities of birth and death.

Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen was described by its composer as "a comic opera with a sad ending." It is a profoundly poetic tale for which the composer wrote some wonderful, life-enriching music that is magnificently orchestrated. "His music is quite simply overwhelmingly moving," says André Engel, who, working with an outstanding cast, directed a new production of this fascinating work for the Paris Opéra.


  • André Engel | Stage director
  • Nicky Rieti | Set designer
  • Elizabeth Neumuller | Costumes
  • André Diot | Lighting
  • Chœurs du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris
  • Alessandro di Stefano | Chorus master
  • Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris
  • Dennis Russell Davies | Conductor
  • Elena Tsallagova | The Vixen
  • Jukka Rasilainen | The Forester
  • Michèle Lagrange | The Forester's Wife
  • David Kuebler | The Schoolmaster
  • Roland Bracht | The Parson
  • Paul Gay | Harašta
  • Hannah Esther Minutillo | The Fox


  • Leoš Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen
    • Act I - Prelude
    • Going to be a storm soon
    • Come on, old lady, and let's get the show started
    • Mummy ! Mummy ! What is that ?
    • Pantomime
    • Prelude
    • Look at how big she's grown
    • I'm just the same too
    • Look what we've got down 'ere
    • Interlude (Ou, ou !)
    • Interlude (Dawn)
    • You should take a lesson from me !
    • Sisters ! Comrades !
    • Come on then, don't be frightened
    • Act II - Prelude
    • Ah ! Who's that out there screaming ?
    • Interlude
    • In my new parish thing's have to be better
    • Once long since, long ago
    • Home now ?
    • Interlude
    • Something is wrong with my equilibrium
    • Staccato ! Flageoletti !
    • So remember to be a good man
    • Memnestho Aner Agathow Einai
    • Interlude
    • O my God ! He's so handsome !
    • One dark night
    • Fox goldenstripe
    • Can it be that I am lovely ?
    • Let me go ! I am afraid of you !
    • If you had only seen what I just saw now
    • That's how it is !
    • Act III - Prelude
    • In the month of May
    • Hey there, Harasta
    • Little foxes running fast
    • How many children do we have ?
    • Put it down fast ! Harasta, Harasta !
    • Interlude
    • Where is old man Pasek ?
    • Well I'm damned !
    • Interlude
    • Spring is here at last
    • When evening arrives, I welcome the rays
    • Hey ! But I can't see the vixen there !
    • Tha-that wasn't me


  • Directed by:
    • Don Kent
  • Venue: Opéra Bastille (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 2008
  • Recording date: 2008
  • Duration: 1 h 41 min
  • Production: © Idéale Audience / Opéra national de Paris / NHK
  • Available version(s): EN
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