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Cleveland Orchestra presents Leoą Janáček’s opera ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’

Show to be performed at Severance Hall on May 17, 20, 22 and 24, 2014

The Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst will be performing a new production of Leoą Janáček's “The Cunning Little Vixen”.
Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the world premiere of this made for Cleveland opera production that features animation by Walter Robot Studios and directed by Yuval Sharon

The Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst will be performing a new production of Leoą Janáček's “The Cunning Little Vixen”. The concert will be presented with original animation.

While at first glance the opera seems to be about “childish things” it is actually a tale of love, adventure, choice and family as human emotions bubble to the surface and lines are drawn between the animals of the forest and the human interlopers.

Director Yuval Sharon— the critically acclaimed director of Invisible Cities in Los Angeles, which was recently named a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist in music— along with Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie of Walter Robot Studios, have crafted a digital world where the human heads of singers blend with animated animal bodies on three 26-foot screens in Severance Hall. Welser-Möst describes it as the rarely found "uncompromising" artistic experience — for the musicians, the creative team, and, ultimately, for audiences.

The opera's starring role, portrayed for Cleveland by favorite Czech soprano Martina Jarková, wends her way through life's cycles of learning and danger, love and happiness. Janáček's score from 1924 mixes lyrical symphonic writing with intriguing rhythmic touches while lovingly combining with the songful serenity and energetic pulse of Moravian folk music. The international cast also features bass-baritone Alan Held and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, bass Raymond Aceto, mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, bass-baritone Dashon Burons, and tenor David Cangelosi.

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus also join the cast for the production. The projection and lighting design is b yJason Thompson, with costumes by Ann Closs-Farley, and masks by Cristina Waltz.

Performance Schedule

Saturday, MAY 17 a

8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, MAY 20 a
7:30 p.m.

Thursday, MAY 22
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, MAY 24
8 p.m.

The Cunning Little Vixen (complete opera)

Opera Cast and Creative

The Cleveland Orchestra
Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst
Martina Janková, soprano (Vixen)
Alan Held, bass-baritone (Forester)
David Cangelosi, tenor (Mosquito/Schoolmaster)
Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano (Dog)
Jennifer Johnson Cano, soprano (Fox)
Raymond Aceto, bass (Haraschta)
Sandra Ross, soprano (Forester's Wife/Woodpecker)
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone (Parson/Badger)
Samantha Gossard, soprano (Rooster/Owl)
Marian Vogel, soprano (Mrs. Pásek/Chief Hen/Blue Jay)
Brian Keith Johnson, baritone (Pásek)
Laura Schubach, soprano (Cricket/Frog/Pepík)
Miranda Scholl, soprano (Grasshopper/Frantík)
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus
Directed by Yuval Sharon
Animation by Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie
Walter Robot Studios of Los Angeles
Projection and lighting design by Jason Thompson
Costumes by Ann Closs-Farley
Masks by Cristina Waltz

TICKETS: $30-$95, Box $150

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All programs and artists are subject to change.

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