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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

opera in three acts

libretto by Donald Sturrock

based on the book by Roald Dahl

German version by Frank Wenzel


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English - German

 
description

A modern fable, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a story about good vs. evil, animal vs. human, and nature vs. technology. With the help of the other creatures of the forest, Mr. Fox must outwit his enemies to keep his family safe. Mr. Fox finds that he may have stolen one hen too many from the henhouse, as the meanest farmers anywhere — Boggis, Bunce, and Bean (one fat, one short, one lean) — conspire to rid their lands of the Fox family once and for all. The Foxes are able to evade capture with the help of some woodland friends, leaving the farmers laying in wait while the animals help themselves to the fruit of the farmers’ lands. Having had their revenge, the animals return for a sumptuous feast far from danger in the Foxes‘ new home, while the farmers continue to wait in the rain.
The opera is available in a singable German version as well.

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned for the Los Angeles Opera by Felicity Dahl
Performance duration: 80'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 9. Dezember 1998 Los Angeles, CA, Opera (USA) · Dirigent: Peter Ash · Inszenierung: Donald Sturrock · Kostüme: Gerald Scarfe · Bühnenbild: Gerald Scarfe
Year of composition: 1998
instrumentation: 2(1.afl,2.pic).2(2.ca).2(2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-4.2.2.1-timp.2perc(glsp, xyl, vib, mar, crash cym, cym (pair), h.h, 2gongs, s.d, low dr, 6toms, b.d, 2tempbl)-hp.pno-str(10.9.6.8.4)
occupation: Fantastic Mr. Fox · baritone - Mrs. Fox · mezzo-soprano - Bennie, Lennie, Jennie & Pennie Foxcub · children - Farmer Boggis · bass - Farmer Bunce · tenor - Farmer Bean · bass-baritone - Mavis the Tractor · soprano - Agnes the Digger · mezzo-soprano - Miss Hedgehog · soprano - Badger the Miner · baritone - Burrowing Mole · tenor - Rita the Rat · mezzo-soprano - Porcupine · tenor - Chorus of Trees · Children - Various Geese and Chickens
Performances
Orchestra: Signature Symphony
2018-01-27 | Tulsa, OK (United States of America), TCC Van Trease PAC
Conductor: Gil Rose
Orchestra: Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera
2014-12-07 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Jordan Hall
Conductor: Peter Ash
1998-12-09 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Opera | World Premiere

A modern fable, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a story about good vs. evil, animal vs. human, and nature vs. technology. With the help of the other creatures of the forest, Mr. Fox must outwit his enemies to keep his family safe. Mr. Fox finds that he may have stolen one hen too many from the henhouse, as the meanest farmers anywhere — Boggis, Bunce, and Bean (one fat, one short, one lean) — conspire to rid their lands of the Fox family once and for all. The Foxes are able to evade capture with the help of some woodland friends, leaving the farmers laying in wait while the animals help themselves to the fruit of the farmers’ lands. Having had their revenge, the animals return for a sumptuous feast far from danger in the Foxes‘ new home, while the farmers continue to wait in the rain.
The opera is available in a singable German version as well.

Auftragswerk : Commissioned for the Los Angeles Opera by Felicity Dahl
Performance duration: 80'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 9. Dezember 1998 Los Angeles, CA, Opera (USA) · Dirigent: Peter Ash · Inszenierung: Donald Sturrock · Kostüme: Gerald Scarfe · Bühnenbild: Gerald Scarfe
Year of composition: 1998
instrumentation: 2(1.afl,2.pic).2(2.ca).2(2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-4.2.2.1-timp.2perc(glsp, xyl, vib, mar, crash cym, cym (pair), h.h, 2gongs, s.d, low dr, 6toms, b.d, 2tempbl)-hp.pno-str(10.9.6.8.4)
occupation: Fantastic Mr. Fox · baritone - Mrs. Fox · mezzo-soprano - Bennie, Lennie, Jennie & Pennie Foxcub · children - Farmer Boggis · bass - Farmer Bunce · tenor - Farmer Bean · bass-baritone - Mavis the Tractor · soprano - Agnes the Digger · mezzo-soprano - Miss Hedgehog · soprano - Badger the Miner · baritone - Burrowing Mole · tenor - Rita the Rat · mezzo-soprano - Porcupine · tenor - Chorus of Trees · Children - Various Geese and Chickens
Orchestra: Signature Symphony
2018-01-27 | Tulsa, OK (United States of America), TCC Van Trease PAC
Conductor: Gil Rose
Orchestra: Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera
2014-12-07 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Jordan Hall
Conductor: Peter Ash
1998-12-09 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Opera | World Premiere