Leos Janácek

Canellakis & Janácek: The Cunning Fox

Programme

  • Leoš Janáček The sly little fox

Karina Canellakis, principal conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, once again delves into Leoš Janáček's operatic oeuvre. This year it is the turn of The Cunning Fox. Heartwarming.

Fairy tale?
We might wonder if the "youth opera" The Cunning Fox is actually a fairy tale, and also if it is a youth opera at all. All sorts of singing animals figure in the work, but at its center is the relationship between nature and man. A fox cannot be tamed, which is why it constantly challenges the human world. But the composer's message is that nature, like man himself, is subject to an eternal cycle of dying and being born.

The old Janáček as modernist
Janáček wrote The Cunning Little Fox in 1924, when he was 67 years old. His vocal language is partly based on Czech and Moravian speech rhythms, a technique the composer had learned in principle from Wagner and Mussorgsky as well as from Debussy. But despite the dialogue form, the lyrical-dramatic cantabile actually dominates the vocal sound, with grand symphonic sections. This, combined with strongly rhythmic passages and surprising changes of measure, makes him one of the great modernists of the years between the two world wars. Chief conductor Karina Canellakis continues her Janáček cycle with this heartwarming Little Fox.

Date:
Saturday 1 April 2023
Time:
14:15
Intermission:
Yes
Location:
The Royal Concertgebouw

Amsterdam
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Large Hall

Performers

Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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Karina Canellakis
Conductor
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Netherlands Radio Choir
Choir
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Martina Batič
Choir conductor
Wilma ten Wolde
Choir conductor
National Children's Choir
Choir
Elena Tsallagova
Soprano, Bystrouska (The Fox)
Jana Kurucová
Mezzo-Soprano, Zlatohrbítek (The Fox)
Iris van Wijnen
Mezzo-Soprano, Paní revírníková / Sova
James Kryshak
Tenor, Rechtor / Komár
Roland Wood
Baritone, Revírník
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Markus Eiche
Baritone, Harasta
James Platt
Bas, Farár / Jezevec
Jeannette van Schaik
Soprano, Pani Pásková / Chocholka
Esther Kuiper
Mezzo-Soprano, Lapak / Datel
Aylin Sezer
Soprano, Kohout / Sojka

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