‘Elena Tsallagova is a magnetic presence as a vivacious, fidgety Vixen Sharp-Ears, and her soprano gleams.’

Erica Jeal , The Guardian June 15, 2016

‘Heart-stoppingly beautiful moments abound.’

Graham Rogers , The Stage June 13, 2016

'The performance’s hero is the young Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, who clearly has this music in his bones and blood [...] he asks for (and gets) an urgent, raw and abrasive quality, expressive of nothing less than the life force itself.'

Rupert Christiansen , The Telegraph June 13, 2016
  • Details

    The Cunning Little Vixen
    12 June-31 July
    13 performances

    Director: Melly Still
    Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
    Cast includes: Elena Tsallagova, Alžbĕta Poláčková and Christopher Purves
    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    All the creatures of the forest come to life in a fox’s tale of love, life and loss

    Inspired by a newspaper comic strip, Janáček takes an enchanting tale and turns it into a colourful reflection on the highs and lows of life. Entwining dance and mime into the storytelling, he blends folk-derived melodies with sophisticated, lushly orchestrated harmonies to create a personal and modern musical style.

    Conducted by Jakub Hrůša and directed by Melly Still, this visually stunning production makes a welcome return to the Glyndebourne stage at Festival 2016.

    ‘Colourful and joyous’
    Wall Street Journal

    ‘A small miracle of theatrical trickery’
    Daily Telegraph

  • Dates and times

    Best availability


    Date Start Long interval Finish Price band
    Sun 12 June 5.10pm 6.20pm 8.20pm 3
    Thu 16 June 6.25pm 7.35pm 9.35pm 4
    Sat 18 June 6.25pm 7.35pm 9.35pm 3
    Wed 22 June 6.25pm 7.35pm 9.35pm 4
    Sat 25 June 6.25pm 7.35pm 9.35pm 3
    Wed 29 June 6.25pm 7.35pm 9.35pm 4


    Date Start Long interval Finish Price band
    Sat 2 July 6.25pm 7.35pm 9.35pm 3
    Sat 9 July 6.25pm 7.35pm 9.35pm 3
    Wed 13 July 6.25pm 7.35pm 9.35pm 5
    Sat 16 July 6.25 7.35pm 9.35pm 3
    Fri 22 July 6.25pm 7.35pm 9.35pm 5
    Thu 28 July 6.25 7.35pm 9.35pm 5
    Sun 31 July 5.10pm 6.20pm 8.20pm 4


    Price band 3

    Stalls, Foyer Circle, Circle £230, £215, £185, £160*

    Upper Circle £125, £50*L

    Boxes £215, £160, £125*L, £100*L, £50*L

    Foyer Circle wheelchair spaces £185, £100*L

    Standing £20*, £15*L

    Price band 4

    Stalls, Foyer Circle, Circle £200, £180, £155, £135*

    Upper Circle £110, £50*L

    Boxes £180, £135, £110*L, £90*L, £50*L

    Foyer Circle wheelchair spaces £155, £90*L

    Standing £20*, £15*L

    Price band 5

    Stalls, Foyer Circle, Circle £165, £155, £125, £110*

    Upper Circle £95, £40*L

    Boxes £155, £110, £95*L, £80*L, £40*L

    Foyer Circle wheelchair spaces £125, £80*L

    Standing £15*, £10*L

    Special events

    Pre-performance talk

  • Synopsis

    Act I

    In the forest, animals and insects dance and play. A Forester enters and settles down for a nap. A playful Vixen cub startles a frog, who then jumps on the Forester, awakening him. The Forester captures the Vixen and takes her home as a pet.

    The Vixen, now a young adult, lives in the Forester’s courtyard along with an amorous old dog. Weary of captivity, she makes mischief and is tied up by the Forester. She dreams of herself as a young woman. At dawn, when the Cock crows and begins bossing his hens around, the Vixen urges the hens to rebel. She manages to trick them all, as well as the Forester, and escape to freedom.

    Act II

    Back in the forest the Vixen commandeers a badger’s home.

    At a village inn the Forester teases the Schoolmaster about his hopeless infatuation with Terynka, a gypsy girl. When the Schoolmaster in turn taunts the Forester over the runaway Vixen, he rushes out to find her.

    The Vixen follows the Schoolmaster and the Parson as they drunkenly stumble home from the inn. Mistaking the Vixen for Terynka, the Schoolmaster confesses his passion for her. The Parson laments a hopeless romance from his student days. The Forester spots the Vixen and fires two shots at her, but she escapes unharmed.

    In the forest the Vixen meets a charming male Fox, and they are mutually smitten. They retire to the Vixen’s den, and soon they are obliged to marry. All the forest creatures gather to celebrate.

    Act III

    In the forest the Forester confronts the poacher Harašta, who boasts of his engagement to Terynka. The Forester sets a trap for the Vixen and leaves. The Vixen, the Fox and their brood of cubs emerge to play. They find the trap and mock the Forester’s ineptitude. Harašta haphazardly shoots and kills the defiant Vixen as her family scatters.

    At the inn the Forester tells the Schoolmaster that he found the Vixen’s den empty. The Schoolmaster is dejected to learn that Terynka will marry Harašta that very day, wearing a new fox fur muff that he has given her.

    The Forester returns to the spot in the forest where he first met the Vixen. He recalls his youth, marvels at the beauty of nature, and falls asleep, dreaming of the Vixen. A young frog reminds him of the wondrous cycle of nature.

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Jakub Hrůša
    Director Melly Still
    Set Designer Tom Pye
    Costume Designer Dinah Collin
    Choreographer Mike Ashcroft
    Lighting Designer Paule Constable

    Cast includes

    Forester Christopher Purves
    Vixen Sharp Ears Elena Tsallagova
    Fox Alžbĕta Poláčková
    Harašta Alexandre Duhamel
    Priest/Badger Alexander Vassiliev
    Schoolmaster/Mosquito Colin Judson