The Cunning Little Vixen

The characters

Learn more about the characters in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen

Vixen Sharp Ears

  • Resourceful
  • Brave
  • Clever
  • Based on a popular comic strip character
  • One of a series of female heroines inspired by Janáček’s own love life
  • To create this character, Janáček studied animal behaviour and observed a family of foxes

The Fox

  • Romantic
  • Chivalrous
  • Charming
  • Named Gold-Spur
  • A ‘trouser role’, in the typical operatic custom of a woman playing the role of a young man

The Forester

  • World weary
  • Short sighted
  • Impulsive
  • Represents the limited human perspective on nature and life, contrasting with the deeper instincts of animals
  • Finally learns a lesson from the animals
  • Stanislav Lolek, the artist who created the comic strip on which the opera is based, apprenticed as a forester

Photos by: Richard Hubert Smith

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