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Lawrence D. Devoe, MD
Blu-rayDefinition.com, June 2013

This delightful little opera is a 2012 Glyndebourne Festival production under its expert music director, Vladimir Jurowski. Casting goes from strength to strength…

The fantasy aspects of this production, so well conceived by director Melly Still, choreographer Maxine Doyle, and set designer Tom Pye, are beautifully captured by the videographers. The clever set, while minimal in design, works perfectly to support the play. Colors are gorgeous and detail superb.

The…soundtrack is spacious and detailed with excellent capture of the voices and orchestra.

There is an interesting documentary on the making of this production from the perspective of the principal singers, conductor, director, and choreographer. The Cunning Little Vixen is an opera that is not frequently done outside of its native Czechoslovakia, so this extra material is extremely welcome.

The Cunning Little Vixen works on many levels to provide an enjoyable watch. This opera has had a very good run on the previously issued DVDs, but this Blu-ray premiere shows us in both sight and sound what a delightful work this really is. © 2013 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2013

Over the past fifty years the UK has staged so many outstanding productions of the Janáček’s woodland story, The Cunning Little Vixen. They have ranged from those attempting to recreate the various animals, birds and insects, while others have left it to the imagination of the audience. This staging from Melly Still for Glyndebourne Opera in 2012 comes somewhere between the two, its critical acclaim frequently using the word ‘magical’. There is along the way some compromises, the basic set of a large tree seemingly so immovable that the other scenes have to be built around it. Take that as it comes, for the singing and playing is at a very exalted level, the opening displaying the London Philharmonic, with Vladimir Jurowski conducting, in superb form whether in dramatic outbursts or in the shimmering colours in which the woodland scenes abound. In the pivotal part of the Vixen, young Lucy Crowe is vocally excellent and her acting and characterisation so totally imaginative. Emma Bell, just one of the UK’s quite amazing crop of young female opera singers, is the Fox who becomes the vixen’s mate. As one would expect, Sergei Leiferkus, is an ideal choice for the Forester who feels a certain affection towards the vixen’s mischievous nature, and together with Adrian Thompson and William Dazeley, forms the three leading male parts. Add two of the most familiar names in the UK opera houses, Jean Rigby and Sarah Pring, before moving into the long list of the inhabitants of the forest, both large and small. Dinah Collin needs to be among the headlines with her beautiful and imaginative costume designs that reflect our thoughts of the characters of those creatures. It is, in the end, a rather sad story with the death of the vixen, the Forester then seeing one of her offsprings just as brazen as its mother—life always goes on. The filming is everything you could wish, and there are the usual subtitles in various languages, the performance being in the original Czech. Fabulous in high-definition Blu-ray colours and sound, but it also available in standard DVD with the number OA1101D. © David’s Review Corner





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