Lyrics by Janacek after Tesnohlidek. Title can also be translated as The Adventures of Vixen Sharp Ears
. The adventures of the Vixen as she escapes captivity, finds a mate, gives birth and dies represent the universal cycle of life, played out with a supporting cast of birds and insects. The creatures of the forest and farmyard are tellingly compared with the human community to create a moving yet optimistic reflection on the challenges and joys of existence. Sung in English. Running time 1 hour 55 minutes. Co-production with Scottish Opera.Music Leos Janacek. Lyrics Leos Janacek. Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Charles Mackerras (Sir - except Jun 15/17 and Jul 4). Conductor Gareth Jones (Jun 15/29 and Jul 4). Producer David Pountney. Design Maria Bjornson. Lighting Nick Chelton. Choreographer Stuart Hopps (original choreographer).