Cunning Little Vixen

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Lose yourself in the forest in this captivating new production of Janáček’s masterpiece!

Cunning Little Vixen

Victorian Opera presents Leos Janacek’s presents

Cunning Little Vixen

The forest comes alive in Victorian Opera’s new production of Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen. One of the great masterpieces of early twentieth century music, this rarely-heard opera will be staged for five performances only.

Celebrating the beauty of nature and cycle of life, the work muses on the interaction between human and animal life. Set in an idyllic forest, the story follows a Vixen’s journey from youth to adulthood.

Janáček (Jenůfa, Katya Kabanová) was aged 70 when the opera premiered in 1924. His music pulses with life and colour, majesty and grandeur; reflecting a great musical maturity and understanding of life.

A joyous, life-affirming treat for all lovers of music and theatre, the 90 minute opera is sung in English and considered a perfect introduction to opera for families and first-timers.



Composer Leoš Janácek

Creative Team

Conductor Jack Symonds
Director Stuart Maunder AM
Set Design Richard Roberts
Costume Designer Roger Kirk
Sound Designer Jim Atkins
Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish


Vixen Celeste Lazarenko
Fox Antoinette Halloran
Forrester Barry Ryan
Mrs Forrester/Owl Dimity Shepherd
School Teacher/Mosquito Brenton Spiteri
Harašta Samuel Dundas
Badger/Parson Jeremy Kleeman


Pásek Paul Biencourt
Mrs. Pásková/Lapák Lynlee Williams
Tyrenka/Hen Danielle Calder
Chocholka Cristina Russo
Cockerel Alexandra Ioan
Hen/Woodpecker Belinda Paterson
Hen/Jay Diana Simpson
Hen Kerrie Bolton
Hen Michelle McCarthy
Chorus Paul Hughes
Chorus Michael Lapiña
Chorus Kiran Rajasingam

Children's Chorus

Cricket/Pepík/Fox Cub Sophia Wasley
Frog/Frantík/Fox Cub Lisha Ooi
Bee/Fox Cub Maia Hanrahan
Bee/Fox Cub Harmony Lee
Caterpillar/Fox Cub Maggie Orr
Dragonfly/Fox Cub Eliza O’Connor
Grasshopper/Fox Cub Hayley Edwards
Snail/Fox Cub Emilie Washington

Orchestra Victoria


Thursday 22 June, 7:30pm
Saturday 24 June, 7:30pm
Tuesday 27 June, 7:30pm
Thursday 29 June, 7:30pm
Saturday 1 July, 1:00pm

Audio Described Performances & Tactile Tours
Thursday 29 June, 7:30pm (Tactile Tour at 6:40pm)
Saturday 1 July, 1pm (Tactile Tour at 12:10pm)




Price range

$67 - $174

Concession, Senior and Group prices available through Box Office.
VOyage (30 and Under) $35 for B and C-Reserves.

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Sung in English

Audio Described