Barry Kay, internationally acclaimed stage and costume designer, photographer, born 1932 Melbourne Australia, died 1985 London England





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The Cunning Little Vixen - Příhody lišky Bystroušky






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Opera in three acts



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Music
Libretto
Translation

Leoš Janáček
Leoš Janáček - based on Rudolf Têsnohlídek's novel «Liška Bystrouška»
Norman Tucker



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Scenery
Costumes

Barry Kay
Barry Kay


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Direction
Conductor
Orchestra
Company

Colin Graham
Colin Davis
Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra [?]
Sadler's Wells Opera Company


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Leading cast
Vixen Sharpears
Fox Goldenmane
Forester
Parson-Badger
Schoolmaster-Dog
Poacher, Harašta


June Bronhill - soprano
Kevin Miller - tenor
Neil Easton - baritone
Harold Blackburn - tenor
Raymond Nilsson - bass
Julian [?] Moyle - bass


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Venue
Première

Sadler's Wells Theatre - London
22nd March 1961


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Reference


Janáček composed this opera in 1922-23,
it was first premièred in Brno (Brünn) on 6th November 1924;
the above staging was its first performance in England



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Design for the
Backcloth
Act I, Scene 2


Lake in the Forest The Cunning Little Vixen Barry Kay Design for Proscenium Curtain or Stage Cloth Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 Music Leos Janacek Direction Colin Graham Conductor Colin Davis Gold Wash Gouache Watercolour



[DSN/Op.CLV/S-001]





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Stage Settings at
Sadler's Wells Opera
London 1961


Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen act I scene 1 spring Dance of the Dragonfly Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph


Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen act I scene 2 autumn Vixen Sharpears' (June Bronhill) escape to freedom Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph


Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen act II scene 4 summer Fox Goldenmare (Kevin Miller) is courting Vixen Sharpears (June Bronhill) Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph






Act I, Scene 1
Dance of the Dragonfly


Act I, Scene 2
The Vixen's escape


Act II, Scene 4
Fox courting Vixen





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Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen Act II scene 4 summer animals of the forest gather to celebrate the wedding of Fox Goldenmare (Kevin Miller) and Vixen Sharpears (June Bronhill) Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph


Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen act III acene 1 next year Vixen Sharpears (June Bronhill) is decoying away Poacher Harasta to protect her cubs from him Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph


Barry Kay's stage setting The Cunning Little Vixen act III scene 1 next year while Vixen Sharpears (June Bronhill) is decoying away Poacher Harasta Fox Goldenmare (Kevin Miller) and their cubs are seizing Harasta's game bag Sadler's Wells Opera 1961 music Leos Janacek direction Colin Graham conductor Colin Davis photograph








Act II, Scene 4
Wedding of Fox and Vixen



Act III, Scene 1
Vixen decoying Poacher



Act III, Scene 1
Fox and cubs seizing
Poacher's game bag


production photographs
by courtesy of the
Leoš Janáček Society, Switzerland


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