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Covid Alert Level 2 Update


Festival Opera and the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival are excited to announce that the season of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen, recently postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will be staged in July 2022 at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House at Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre in Hastings. Details of ticket release and sales will be announced in due course. 

Anna Pierard, Director of Festival Opera comments, “The rescheduling process has come together brilliantly, and we’re particularly pleased that the students and graduates of Project Prima Volta (PPV) and PPV Jnr will have the opportunity to perform this wonderful work with our stellar cast. We can now capitalise on all the hard work that has gone into this production already, and bring this pivotal work to audiences in Hawke’s Bay."

All of the artists contracted to perform in the October season have confirmed their availability for the rescheduled time frame which is a positive note in what has been a difficult time for artists, producers and the huge number of people involved in bringing opera to audiences.

For further queries about the rescheduled season of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen, please contact kiaora@findingvoices or info@hbaf.co.nz. For the full media release, please click here. 

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THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN

BY LEOŠ JANÁČEK

Directed and Conducted by José Aparicio 

In partnership with the 2021 Hawke's Bay Arts FestivalFestival Opera proudly presents Leoš Janáček’s operatic fable The Cunning Little Vixen. 

Whether you’re an opera lover or new to the genre, The Cunning Little Vixen offers a fantastic opportunity to witness the first opera performed back in the Toitoi Opera House (formerly Hawke's Bay Opera House) since 2013.

The Cunning Little Vixen is a tale that is both tragic and life affirming, revealing that from death comes growth and renewal. The story, adapted from a 1920’s comic strip, follows the life of a clever vixen who is captured by a local forester as a cub. Through her wild antics, the vixen manages to escape from the forester’s clutches while he is left forever haunted by her memory. Janáček’s dramatic score inspired by Czech music folk tradition is paired with comedic and philosophical elements, posing man’s complicated relationship with nature.

Director and Conductor Jose Aparicio will lead an outstanding cast featuring Soprano Joanna Foote as the Vixen, Baritone James Harrison as the Forester, Soprano Anna Pierard as the Fox, Bass-Baritone James Ioelu as the Parson, Tenor Lila LJ Crichton (Project Prima Volta Graduate) as the Schoolmaster and Baritone Fa'amanu Fonoti-Fuimaono (Project Prima Volta Graduate) as the Poacher and Soprano Sarah Walmsley as the Forester’s Wife. 

The piece will showcase over 130 performers onstage, including the phenomenal Hawke's Bay Orchestra players and a lively chorus of woodland creatures sung by Project Prima Volta Senior and Project Prima Volta Junior students.


ARTISTS

Joanna Foote

Joanna Foote

The Vixen (Soprano)

James Harrison

James Harrison

Forester (Baritone)

Anna Pierard

Anna Pierard

The Fox (Soprano)

James Ioelu

James Ioelu

The Parson (Baritone-Bass)

Lila LJ Crichton

Lila LJ Crichton

Schoolmaster (Tenor)

Fa'amanu F-Fuimaono

Fa'amanu F-Fuimaono

Poacher (Baritone)

Sarah Walmsley

Sarah Walmsley

Forester's Wife (Soprano)

BEHIND THE SCENES

Preparing to take the stage

Preparing to take the stage

Our young artists train hard before curtain up, and receive critical inspiration and coaching from our professional opera singers. You wouldn't know it when you come along to enjoy the opera, but training and preparation takes place in a disused apple pack house. It's a remarkable feat: the set is built, the rehearsals are directed and the concept comes to life in a space that was never meant to package up opera! Within these walls, our cast and creative team build relationships and share experience and expertise that enables the whole company to deliver excellence. We know, right....from a dis-used apple packing shed, no less!

Every performance counts

Every performance counts

It's no surprise that varied performance opportunities help young PPV singers to take the stage with confidence. Fundamental to our success is the inclusion of Project Prima Volta singers season after season. To feel confident to take the stage alongside experienced, professional artists, these young singers build their skill through many different performance opportunities - from singing Christmas Carols at the Hawke’s Bay Airport, to performing in a student opera during the Harcourt Hawke's Bay Arts Festival.

PREVIOUS OPERAS

2017: Madame Butterfly (G Puccini)

2017: Madame Butterfly (G Puccini)

2017: Madame Butterfly (G Puccini)

2017: Madame Butterfly (G Puccini)

2016: Carmen (G Bizet)

2016: Carmen (G Bizet)

2015: La Boheme (G Puccini)

2015: La Boheme (G Puccini)

2014: Elixir of Love (G Donizetti)

2014: Elixir of Love (G Donizetti)

2013: The Marriage of Figaro (W A Mozart)

2013: The Marriage of Figaro (W A Mozart)