The Juilliard Opera season concludes with Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Emma Griffin and conducted by Anne Manson, with performances on Sunday, April 28 at 2 PM, Tuesday, April 30 at 8 PM, and Thursday, May 2 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Scenic designer is Laura Jellinek; costume designer is Jessica Trejos; hair and make-up designer is Jon Carter; lighting designer is Mark Barton; choreographer is Jeanne Slater; and fight choreographer is Shad Ramsey. Inspired by a comic strip and premiered in 1924 in Brno, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, after the story by Rudolf Těsnohlídek, is a warming tale of a mischievous fox.
Tickets to Juilliard Opera productions are $30 and are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, as well as through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or online. Half-price tickets for seniors and students are available at the Box Office only. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit events.juilliard.edu.
Emma Griffin is a theater and opera director based in New York City. She is a frequent collaborator on new music/theater pieces; these include Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts (winner of “Outstanding Performance Art Production” at New York Innovative Theater Awards) and Thirteen Near Death Experiences, Susan Bernfield and Rachel Peters’ Stretch, a fantasia, Michael Jackson’s Dirty Laundry, Chris Wells’ Hello New York!, and Phil Kline’s Zippo Songs. Opera credits include The Cunning Little Vixen and Wozzeck at the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater; I Capuleti e i Montecchi, The Rake’s Progress, Postcard from Morocco and Die Zauberflöte at Curtis Opera Theater; and Les mamelles de Tirésias at Juilliard Opera. She is the artistic director of the OBIE-award winning Salt Theater. Ms. Griffin is adjunct faculty at New York University, where she teaches directing.
Anne Manson is music director of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra with whom she has led two successful tours with soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. She made her debut with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall last season, and she works regularly with the Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain. Ms. Manson has had appearances at Juilliard conducting the Orchestra in FOCUS! festival concerts in 2004 and 2006 and in Orpheus in the Underworld in November 2006, a Juilliard Orchestra concert in October 2007, Ned Rorem’s Our Town in April 2008, and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites in April 2010. She conducted the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!, an opera commissioned by Juilliard and the Royal Academy of Music (London). Last season, she had two recording projects with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – one of the music of Philip Glass and the other with soloist Evelyn Glennie.
The cast features: Julia Bullock (Vixen); Aubrey Allicock (Forester); Karen Vuong (Fox); Lacey Jo Benter (Forester’s Wife); Elizabeth Sutphen (Owl); Martin Bakari (Schoolmaster); Hyun-ho Yoo (Mosquito); Önay Köse (Badger/Preist); Elliott Hines (Innkeeper); Rachael Wilson (Innkeeper’s Wife/Hen); Raquel González (Rooster); Lilla Heinrich Szász (Jay); Mary Feminear (Lead Hen); Lara Secord-Haid (Woodpecker/Hen); John Brancy (Harašta): Laura Mixter (Dog); Laura LeVoir (Grasshopper); Kara Sainz (Cricket); Qing Yu Chen (Young Frog); Angela Vallone (Joey); and Kelsey Lauritano (Frank).
The Juilliard Opera production will be sung in English with translation from the original Czech by Yveta Synek Graff and Robert T. Jones. Generous funding for this production was provided in honor of Yveta Synek Graff and in recognition of her significant contributions in the field of Czech Opera and the music of Leoš Janáček.
Juilliard Opera is supported by the vision and generous lead funding of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture and its Chairman, Dr. Haruhisa Handa.
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THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN by Leoš Janáček
Libretto by Leoš Janáček after the story by Rudolf Těsnohlídek
Sung in English with translation from the original Czech by Yveta Synek Graff and Robert T. Jones
Generous funding for this production was provided in honor of Yveta Synek Graff and in recognition of her significant contributions in the field of Czech Opera and the music of Leoš Janáček.
Adapted from an original production created for the Curtis Institute of Music, in association with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Director: Emma Griffin
Conductor: Anne Manson
Scenic Designer: Laura Jellinek
Costume Designer: Jessica Trejos
Hair and Make-up Designer: Jon Carter
Lighting Designer: Mark Barton
Choreographer: Jeanne Slater
Fight Choreographer: Shad Ramsey
Sunday, April 28 at 2 PM; Tuesday, April 30 at 8 PM; Thursday, May 2 at 8 PM
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Tickets to Juilliard Opera productions are $30 and $15 and are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, as well as through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or online. Half-price tickets for seniors and students are available at the Box Office only. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or visit Juilliard’s Web site at www.juilliard.edu.