Tue 7 March - Wed 8 March

Opera North - The Cunning Little Vixen

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All the world is in this forest

Be transported to the forest and follow the enchanting tale of Vixen Sharp Ears. Captured by a Forester as a young cub, Sharp Ears dreams of freedom and escapes to take on the world. As her mischief unfolds, all the creatures of the forest come to life and rebellious hens, delicate dragonflies and playful squirrels help her on her journey.

This bittersweet fairy tale is an emotional journey reflecting on the nature of life, the cycle of birth and death and the connection between the human and animal worlds. Janáček’s playful folk-infused melodies burst with energy, as Director Sir David Pountney returns to charm audiences with this celebrated classic.

Originally a co-production between Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera.


“A most beloved and enduring triumph”

The Stage (WNO, 2019)

“Charms and delights…”

The Times (WNO 2019)



Five Reasons Why Students Should See The Show

1. The Cunning Little Vixen provides an enchanting and engaging introduction to the world of opera for school pupils in upper KS2 and above.

2. Janáček composed some of the most incredible operatic music. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original and modern musical style.

3. There will be school age children performing on stage playing the roles of the voices of the forest, crickets, frogs and grasshoppers.

4. Our school matinee performances may be the first time some children will have visited a theatre to hear a live orchestra, giving them an inspiring educational experience and enhancing their listening skills.

5. Free learning packs will be made available to teachers which provide information and resources to use in the classroom, covering curriculum subjects including Music, Science, History and Art. Schools will also have the option to book to attend an online interactive music and drama workshop linking to the production.

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