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Mon. June 30, 2014, 7 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Vienna

Leoš Janáček

The Cunning Little Vixen

"The Cunning Little Vixen" is a beautiful musical fairy tale - an opera, that is suitable for everyone.
(Franz Welser-Möst)

 
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  • Franz Welser-Möst  |  Conductor
  • Otto Schenk  |  Director
  • Amra Buchbinder  |  Stage and costume design
  • Emmerich Steigberger  |  Light Design

Gerald Finley | Der Förster

The award-winning Canadian baritone Gerald Finley has developed into one of the leading singers and performers of his generation. He began as a choir singer in Ottawa and studied in Cambridge. He has performed all the big Mozart Baritone roles on the most important stages worldwide: He has been heard, among others, as Don Giovanni in New York, London, Paris, Rome, Salz­burg, Munich, Prague, Tel Aviv, Budapest and in Glyndebourne. The Counts in Le nozze di Figaro were interpreted by him in places among others like London, Salzburg, Paris, Amsterdam, and New York. His repertoire further includes Eugen Onegin, Jeletzki, Frank/Fritz (Tote Stadt), Golaud, Jago, Zurga, Hans Sachs, Jaufré Rudel in Kaija Saariahos L’amour de loin, Mr. Fox in Tobias Pickers Fantastic Mr. Fox, Nick Shadow, Owen Wingrave and Escamillo. His concert repertoire goes from Georg Friedrich Händel over Joseph Haydn, Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Ro­bert Schumann, Johannes Brahms until Benjamin Britten und contemporary composers. He gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2012 as Conte d’Almaviva and also sang Förster (Schlaues Füchslein).

Otto Schenk | Director

KSCH Otto Schenk was born in Vienna in 1930 and experienced a childhood strongly influenced by the horrors of the Nazi regime. 
After his education at the Max Reinhardt Seminar, he made his acting debut in Vienna. The first places of appearance in his career were the Theater an der Josefstadt and the Wiener Volkstheater. As of 1953 he also worked as theatre director and as of 1957, as opera director. Very soon his career led him to the world´s most important stages, for example the Wiener Burgtheater, the Münchner Kammerspiele, the New York Met, La Scala in Milan, the ROH Covent Garden, the Bayerische and Hamburgische Staatsoper or the Deutsche Oper Berlin. From 1965 to 1990 he was leading stage director at the Wiener Staatsoper, between 1986 and 1988 he was member of the Board of the Salzburger Festspiele, between 1988 and 1997 director of the Theater in der Josefstadt. Furthermore, he appeared in numerous television plays. He has staged about 30 different operas at the Wiener Staatsoper and furthermore performed as Frosch here.

 

 

Interview Otto Schenk on the "Rosenkavalier"

Wolfgang Bankl | Háraschta

KS WOLFGANG BANKL comes from Vienna, received training in Violin and studied singing, Lied and Oratorium as well as opera at the Conservatoire of Vienna. He received initial engagements at the Vienna Kammeroper, the Opera House Kiel and the Tiroler Landestheater. Guest performances led him, among others, to Zurich, Hamburg, Cologne, Barcelona, Salzburg, Strasbourg, the Milan Scala, to the Vienna Festwochen, Bregenz, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Rome and Paris. He recently gave his debut as Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau in Dresden under the direction of Christian Thielemann. Together with Norbert Pfafflmeyer, Harald Kollegger and Schmerzhel v. Solchgemut, he established the travelling Kleinfestival Giro d’Arte. Since 1993, he is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper and has since then sung here among others: Papageno, Alberich (Rheingold), Doktor (Wozzeck), Klingsor, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Harašta (Schlaues Füchslein), Frank, Graf Waldner, Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Hauptmann (Boris Godunow), Ochs, Geisterbote (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Tierbändiger/Athlet (Lulu), Ringender (Die Jakobsleiter), Zirkusdirektor (Der Riese vom Steinfeld), La Roche, Leporello, Dreieinigkeitsmoses (Mahagonny), Swallow (Peter Grimes). He has been awarded the title "Österreichischer Kammersänger".
 

Chen Reiss | Füchslein Schlaukopf

Soprano Chen Reiss was trained in New York and was ensemble member of the Bayerische Staatsoper, where she sang roles such as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) and Gilda (Rigolett). Soon debuts at the Semperoper Dresden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Hamburgische Staatsoper, the Oper Frankfurt and the Philadelphia Opera followed.

In 2010 she interpreted Nannetta (Falstaff) at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees under the direction of Daniele Gatti. At the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, she sang Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and debuted in the Philharmonie Köln as Adele (Die Fledermaus). In 2011 she sang Gilda at the Wiener Festwochen. She sang concerts at the Festivals in Salzburg, Ludwigsburg, Luzern or Rheingau. In her new solo album Liaisons, which was recently awarded the Diapason d’Or, Chen Reiss for example sings arias of Mozart and Haydn. A DVD live recording of Faure´s Requiem under the direction of Paavo Järvi has just been released. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2009 as Sophie and has since sung roles such as Pamina, Elvira, Waldvogel, Adina, Servilia, Xenia here.
 

Donna Ellen | Frau des Försters / Eule

DONNA ELLEN comes from Canada and studied singing at the Wilfrid Laurier University of her hometown. For two seasons, she sang at the Canada Opera Piccola under the care of Leopold Simoneau and Pierette Alarie, before she changed to the Opernstudio in Zurich. In1987, she became engaged with the Landestheater Linz, where she sang roles like the Queen of the Night, Blonde, and Zer­lina and sang in the premiere of Balduin Sulzers Proteus. Previous performances include among others, in Stuttgart, Geneva, Berlin, Bad Ischl, in the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. In 2004, she gave her debut at the Volksoper. Her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper, where she is an honorary ensemble member, was in 2003 as Helmwige. Since then, she has sang among others, Marzellina (Barbiere di Siviglia), Axinja (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Leitmetzerin (Rosenkavalier), Annina (Traviata), Curra (Forza del destino), Brünnhilde (Nibelungenring for children), Königin (Traumfresserchen), Berta (Pünktchen und Anton), Marcellina (Nozze di Figaro), Fekluša (Kátja Kabanová), Kar­tenaufschlägerin (Arabella), Aufseherin (Elektra), and Dirne (Aus einem Totenhaus), Giovanna (Rigoletto).  
 

James Kryshak | Schulmeister

The young tenor James Kryshak is a numerous international prize-winner, and since the 2013/2014 season, an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera. Performances up until this point have led James Kryshak among others, to the New York Metropolitan Opera, and to the Glyndebourne Festival. Under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, he sang Richard Strauss’ Salome. His repertoire includes such diverse roles like Monostatos and 1. Priest in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Die Zauberflöte, Sellem in Igor Strawinskis The Rake’s Progress, Joe in Giacomo Puccinis La fanciulla del West, Snout in Ben­jamin Brittens A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Ottavio in Mozarts Don Giovanni, Borsa in Giuseppe Verdis Rigoletto, Scaramuccio in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Ernesto in Gaetano Donizettis Don Pasquale, Pelléas in Claude Debussys Pelléas et Mélisande and Camille in Franz Lehárs Die lustige Witwe). At the Vienna State Opera, he has sung among others Hirt (Tris­tan and Isolde), Missail (Boris Godunow), 3. Jew (Salome), Spoletta (Tosca), Borsa (Rigo­letto), Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Schulmeister (Schlaues Füchslein) up until this point.

 

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014: among others 1. Priest in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Premierenproduktion), Missail in Modest Mussorgskis Boris Godunow, Borsa in Rigoletto, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, School master in Leoš Janáceks Das schlaue Füchslein (Premierenproduktion).

 

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Heinrich der Schreiber, Schulmeister, Abbé (Andrea Chénier).

Andreas Hörl | Pfarrer / Dachs

Andreas Hörl studied with Kurt Moll in Cologne. After completing his studies and being accepted at the international Opernstudio Hamburg, the bass singer was member of the ensemble of the Hamburgische Staatsoper from 2001 to 2005. Between 2005 and 2007 he was engaged at the Kölner Oper and from 2007-2012 at the Opernhaus Zürich. 

Among his most important roles are Fasolt/Fafner (Köln, Zürich), König Marke (Hamm, Chemnitz), Landgraf (Köln, Frankfurt), Daland (Chemnitz); Osmin (Volksoper Wien, Zürich, Frankfurt, Komische Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin); Colline (Zürich, Bayerische Staatsoper); Sarastro (Zürich); Komtur (Teatro Sao Carlos Lissabon, Zürich), Titurel (Zürich), Ramfis (Oper Köln, Opernhaus Zürich).

Besides classical bass parts he is also interested in 20th century music. He sings e.g. in operas by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Peter Eötvös, Thomas Ades, Luciano Berio and Hans Werner Henze.
Andreas Hörl made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2011 in the role of Sarastro and sang also Titurel, Warlaam, Truffaldin, Commendatore, Menschenfresser (Pollicino).
 

Roles at the Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014: u. a. Quinaulit (Adriana Lecouvreur), Titurel, Pfarrer (Schlaues Füchslein).

Wolfram Igor Derntl | Gastwirt Pásek

Wolfram Igor Derntl was born in Mauthausen. He completed his vocal studies at the Goetheanistisches Konservatorium with honours. In 2004 he was engaged at the Wiener Staatsoper and has since then also been member of the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle. Before his fixed engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper, he was for example engaged at the Wiener Volksoper, the Wiener Kammeroper, the Stadttheater St. Pölten, in Klosterneuburg, Schwetzingen or at the Wiener Burgtheater. He was successful as Tamino (Zauberflöte), Basilio and Don Curzio (Figaro), Pedrillo (Entführung aus dem Serail), Barinkay (Zigeunerbaron), Symon (Bettelstudent), Adam (Vogelhändler) and Alfred (Fledermaus). Since his engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper he has performed numerous roles, apart from his administrative activities for the choir. In 2009/2010 he was engaged as a soloist at the Wiener Staatsoper. 
 

Hyuna Ko | Fuchs

Hyuna Ko studied initially at the Han-Yang University in Seoul and later at the Musikhochschule in Cologne under KS Hans Sotin (graduating with honours). The Soprano has sung among others Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) as well as the leaing roles in Das schlaue Füchslein, Margarethe in Faust, Mimì und Musetta in La Bohème, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Kátja Kabánová, Giorgetta in Il tabarro, Blumenmädchen in Parsifal. Hyuna Ko has performed among others at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, the Opera Houses Görlitz, Hildesheim and Eisenach, at the Richard Wagner Festival Wels, the International Musikfest Chiemgau, to the stage in Münster, the Staatstheater Schwerin as well as at the Vienna Volksoper. Currently, the artist is working on developing the Teen-Drama profession. Last year Hyuna Ko stood, among others, as Sieglinde along side of René Kollo in a concert performance of the first act of the Walküre in the Mercatorhalle Düsseldorf. Since the season 2013/2014, she is an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera, where among others, she has stood on stage as Adriana Lecouvreur or 2. Niece (Peter Grimes).

In 2014 she gave her debut as Fuchs in Das schlaue Füchslein at the Semperoper Dresden and will give her debut in 2015 as Maddalena di Coigny in Andrea Chenier at the National Opera Korea.

 

Ilseyar Khayrullova | Dackel

The young mezzosoprano Ilseyar Khayrullova was born in 1987 in Tatarstan in Russia. In 2006, she graduated from the Tatarstan Music College, and went on to study at the Rimski-Korsakow-Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, from which she graduated from in 2012. Ilseyar Khayrullova is a prize winner of the international competition Playing Slominsky 2012 in St. Petersburg. From 2010, Ilseyar Khayrullova was seen in different studio productions from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, among others as Cherubino in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro, Clarisse in Sergei Prokofiews Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen, Olga in Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowskis Eugen Onegin and Martha in Tschai­kowskis Iolanta. Further roles include Azucena in Giuseppe Verdis Il trovatore, Kontschakowna in Alexander Borodins Prinz Igor, Orfeo in Christoph Willibald Glucks Orfeo ed Euridice and Polina in Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowskis Pique Dame. Since the 2013/2014 season, Ilseyar Khayrullo is an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera, where she made her debut as the third Elf in Rusalka.

Heinz Zednik | Hahn

KS Heinz Zednik was born in Vienna, studied at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien and was engaged at the Grazer Oper in 1964. At the Bayreuther Festspielen he sang Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer), David (Meistersinger von Nürnberg) as well as Loge and Mime (Ring des Nibelungen). At the Salzburg Festival he performed as Valzacchi (Rosenkavalier), Pedrillo (Entführung aus dem Serail), Monsieur Taupe (Capriccio), Bardolfo (Falstaff), Monostatos (Zauberflöte) as well as in Un re in ascoltoand Die Schwarze Maske. Guest appearances have led him to the world´s most renowned stages, for example the Met and La Scala. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1964 as Augustin Moser (Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and has since then sung roles such as Incroyable (Andrea Chenier), Schuiski and Gottesnarr (Boris Godunow), Andres/Cochenille/Pitichinaccio/Frantz (Contes d’Hoffmann), Jaquino (Fidelio), Herodes (Salome), Wenzel (Verkaufte Braut), Hauptmann (Wozzeck), Rabbi/Wilhelm II. (Riese vom Steinfeld), Boles (Peter Grimes), Loge, Mime, Traumfresserchen, Regisseur der Bühne (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny). He is Österreichischer Kammersanger as well as honorary member of the Wiener Staatsoper.

Lydia Rathkolb | Schopfhenne

Soprano Lydia Rathkolb studied vocal arts in Vienna and Milan. She studied media communiations and musicology at the Universität Wien. She for example performed at the opera house Rousse as Lucia di Lammermoor and Rosina in Rossini´s Barbiere di Siviglia, in Savonlinna as Königin der Nacht (Zauberflöte), at the opera house in Brno as Violetta, in Lisbon as Rosalinde, furthermore in Linz, Basel, Bregenz, Hagen and Heidelberg.


Also, Lydia Rathkolb sang roles such as Konstanze (Entführung aus dem Serail), Pamina, Olympia and Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Gilda (Rigoletto) as well as numerous roles from the operetta fach. In addition, she is an internationally successful concert singer. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1997 as 1. Dame in the Zauberflöte and has since then for example sung Ida, Königin (Traumfresserchen), Blumenmädchen (Parsifal), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and in the Nibelungenring für Kinder, Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Poussette (Manon), Contessa di Ceprano (Rigoletto), Schäferin (Jenufa), Modistin (Rosenkavalier).


Roles at the Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014: e.g. Hullewulle, Giannetta, Marzellina, Ida.

Ilseyar Khayrullova | Specht

The young mezzosoprano Ilseyar Khayrullova was born in 1987 in Tatarstan in Russia. In 2006, she graduated from the Tatarstan Music College, and went on to study at the Rimski-Korsakow-Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, from which she graduated from in 2012. Ilseyar Khayrullova is a prize winner of the international competition Playing Slominsky 2012 in St. Petersburg. From 2010, Ilseyar Khayrullova was seen in different studio productions from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, among others as Cherubino in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro, Clarisse in Sergei Prokofiews Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen, Olga in Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowskis Eugen Onegin and Martha in Tschai­kowskis Iolanta. Further roles include Azucena in Giuseppe Verdis Il trovatore, Kontschakowna in Alexander Borodins Prinz Igor, Orfeo in Christoph Willibald Glucks Orfeo ed Euridice and Polina in Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowskis Pique Dame. Since the 2013/2014 season, Ilseyar Khayrullo is an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera, where she made her debut as the third Elf in Rusalka.

James Kryshak | Mücke

The young tenor James Kryshak is a numerous international prize-winner, and since the 2013/2014 season, an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera. Performances up until this point have led James Kryshak among others, to the New York Metropolitan Opera, and to the Glyndebourne Festival. Under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, he sang Richard Strauss’ Salome. His repertoire includes such diverse roles like Monostatos and 1. Priest in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Die Zauberflöte, Sellem in Igor Strawinskis The Rake’s Progress, Joe in Giacomo Puccinis La fanciulla del West, Snout in Ben­jamin Brittens A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Ottavio in Mozarts Don Giovanni, Borsa in Giuseppe Verdis Rigoletto, Scaramuccio in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Ernesto in Gaetano Donizettis Don Pasquale, Pelléas in Claude Debussys Pelléas et Mélisande and Camille in Franz Lehárs Die lustige Witwe). At the Vienna State Opera, he has sung among others Hirt (Tris­tan and Isolde), Missail (Boris Godunow), 3. Jew (Salome), Spoletta (Tosca), Borsa (Rigo­letto), Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Schulmeister (Schlaues Füchslein) up until this point.

 

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014: among others 1. Priest in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Premierenproduktion), Missail in Modest Mussorgskis Boris Godunow, Borsa in Rigoletto, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, School master in Leoš Janáceks Das schlaue Füchslein (Premierenproduktion).

 

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Heinrich der Schreiber, Schulmeister, Abbé (Andrea Chénier).

Act 1

It is summer. Gradually, the animals of the forest appear. In the afternoon, the forester is weary on his tour due to the threat of an imminent storm. He lies down in the grass for a short nap but is disturbed by a frog, which jumps onto the face of the sleeping man. Getting up, the forester sees a little vixen in his immediate vicinity. He immediately takes it after its mother cries, in order to take it home as a present for his children. But the children limit themselves to torture the animal, until the vixen defends itself and bites the boy. As a punishment, the vixen is tied up. In contrast to the dog, who has resigned to carry his role as an unfree pet, the vixen does not intend to submit herself to it. She creates unrest within the chickens and eventually kills the cock, to the great anger of the forester, and both the cocks and the hens who dared to get too close to the vixen. When the vixen is beaten by the forester, she bites through the rope and flees back into the forest.

 

Act 2

The fox rushes all the animals of the forest to the Badger, who lives alone in his big cave. Not being able to cope with it, the badger finally looks into the distance and then leaves his home to the triumphant vixen. She cannot completely let go of the people, and occasionally approaches them in order to confuse them. Namely the schoolmaster. As the schoolmaster is on his way home after a card game with the forester and the pastor in Páseks restaurant, the vixen hides behind a sunflower that moves her back and forth. The drunken schoolmaster mistakes the sunflower for his love Terynka and, full of passion, runs towards the sunflower and crashes. The priest is unconsciously reminded by the vixen of a woman from his past who he almost succumbed to but who in the end betrayed him for the butcher’s apprentice. Back in her cave, the vixen falls in love with a young boy fox who makes love to her and, beneath the cheers of the forest animals, makes the vixen his wife.

 

Act 3

The poacher, Harašta, who is about to marry Terynka, also meets the vixen a while later. She pretends to be taken by surprise, to irritate the poacher to follow her, so that her children can fall upon his basket filled with chicken. As Harašta returns and sees the foxes as well as the feathers around his basket, full of rage he shoots into the pack and fatally hits the vixen.

But death is not the end for the vixen. Alone in the woods again, the forester contemplates the miracle of the constantly renewing nature. Again, a young fox approaches him and again, a young frog approaches him… 

 

This production is kindly supported by AGRANA.

Synopsis "The cunning little vixen"

by Chen Reiss