Classical and Opera: EYE SIGHT ...probably the world's first ecological opera
Saturday 19 October 1996
The ENO's Vixen is a handsome restaging of David Pountney's original production for Welsh National Opera. Maria Bjornson's undulating split- level set is a design classic in itself, with taut movement and evocative lighting adding to the richly kaleidoscopic effect. In the title role, Lesley Garrett combines fine voice, agility, stage presence and charisma as if the part had been created for her.
The Cunning Little Vixen is deservedly a real crowdpuller, which probably cannot be said for any other opera written after World War I, except perhaps Turandot. And Puccini was not even working with children and animals.
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
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