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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

opera in three acts (reduced orchestration version)

libretto by Donald Sturrock

based on the book by Roald Dahl

arranged by Sam Bill (2010)

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 : 18. Februar 2011 London, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon (UK) · Nicholas Merryweather, Mr Fox; Miriam Sharrad, Mrs Fox; Martha Jones, Cub; Abigail Kelly, Cub; Stuart Haycock, Mole; Catrine Kirkman, Hedgehog; Greg Tassell, Badger; Adam Tunnicliffe, Porcupine; Caryl Hughes, Rita Rat; Henry Grant Kerswell, Boggis; Mark Wilde, Bunce; Maciek O'Shea, Bean; Fiona Kimm, Agnes · Dirigent: Timothy Carey · Inszenierung: Tim Yealland · Veranstalter: English Touring Opera
Year of composition: 1998
instrumentation: 1(pic,afl).1(ca).1(bcl).1(cbsn)-2.1.0.1-timp.perc(xyl, vib, mar, crash cym, cym (pair), h.h, 2gongs, s.d, 6toms, b.d, 2tempbl)-hp.pno-str(vn.va.vc.db)
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
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-05-25 | Belfast (United Kingdom), Grand Opera House — 13.00 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-05-25 | Belfast (United Kingdom), Grand Opera House — 19.00 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-05-09 | Truro (United Kingdom), Hall for Cornwall — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-05-07 | Buxton (United Kingdom), Buxton Opera House — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-05-02 | Wolverhampton (United Kingdom), Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-04-21 | Norwich (United Kingdom), Norwich Theatre Royal — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-04-17 | Snape (United Kingdom), Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-04-05 | Cheltenham (United Kingdom), Everyman Theatre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-03-31 | Crawley (United Kingdom), The Hawth — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-03-22 | Exeter (United Kingdom), Exeter Northcott — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-03-15 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Cambridge Arts Theatre — 18.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-03-10 | London (United Kingdom), Hackney Empire — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-02-18 | London (United Kingdom), Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon — 19.30 h | 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 : 18. Februar 2011 London, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon (UK) · Nicholas Merryweather, Mr Fox; Miriam Sharrad, Mrs Fox; Martha Jones, Cub; Abigail Kelly, Cub; Stuart Haycock, Mole; Catrine Kirkman, Hedgehog; Greg Tassell, Badger; Adam Tunnicliffe, Porcupine; Caryl Hughes, Rita Rat; Henry Grant Kerswell, Boggis; Mark Wilde, Bunce; Maciek O'Shea, Bean; Fiona Kimm, Agnes · Dirigent: Timothy Carey · Inszenierung: Tim Yealland · Veranstalter: English Touring Opera
Year of composition: 1998
instrumentation: 1(pic,afl).1(ca).1(bcl).1(cbsn)-2.1.0.1-timp.perc(xyl, vib, mar, crash cym, cym (pair), h.h, 2gongs, s.d, 6toms, b.d, 2tempbl)-hp.pno-str(vn.va.vc.db)
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
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-05-25 | Belfast (United Kingdom), Grand Opera House — 13.00 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-05-25 | Belfast (United Kingdom), Grand Opera House — 19.00 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-05-09 | Truro (United Kingdom), Hall for Cornwall — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-05-07 | Buxton (United Kingdom), Buxton Opera House — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-05-02 | Wolverhampton (United Kingdom), Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-04-21 | Norwich (United Kingdom), Norwich Theatre Royal — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-04-17 | Snape (United Kingdom), Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-04-05 | Cheltenham (United Kingdom), Everyman Theatre — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-03-31 | Crawley (United Kingdom), The Hawth — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-03-22 | Exeter (United Kingdom), Exeter Northcott — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-03-15 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Cambridge Arts Theatre — 18.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-03-10 | London (United Kingdom), Hackney Empire — 19.30 h
Conductor: Timothy Carey
2011-02-18 | London (United Kingdom), Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon — 19.30 h | World Premiere