Tue 7 March - Wed 8 March

Opera North - The Cunning Little Vixen

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07 Mar


From: £20.00

  • British Sign Language (BSL)


08 Mar


From: £8.00

This is a schools matinee only.


A Forester captures a young Vixen and takes her home as a pet for his children. But she soon escapes back into the wild. There, the Vixen meets a Fox and has a family, but later is shot dead as she fends for her cubs. Her children survive, however, and the opera ends in an affirmation of the power of nature to renew itself.

Inspired by the sights and sounds of his native Moravian countryside, Janáček’s score vividly evokes both the human and animal worlds. David Pountney’s production – here conducted by Music Director Garry Walker – is widely regarded as a classic.

Additional information

Sung in English with English titles
Running time approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Pre -show Talks (bookable at box office)
Tues 7 March at 6pm

School Matinee Performance | Wed 8 Mar 2023 at 1pm

To book tickets for your class, please call 0342 208 1850 or email

Accessible Performances

BSL | Tuesday 7 March at 7pm

To book accessible performances please email or call 0333 320 2838

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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