Reviews: Cunning Little Vixen
28 Jun 2017
28 Jun 2017
'In the title role of the Vixen, Celeste Lazarenko delivered a beautifully nuanced performance.'
'Antoinette Halloran was splendid as the wily Fox.'
'Stuart Maunder’s superb direction, Richard Roberts’s set, Roger Kirk’s costume designs and Trudy Dalgleish’s lighting came together to ensure an enchanting night at the opera.'
'Victorian Opera goes from strength to strength in terms of imagination and execution. Vixen is the perfect addition to its repertoire.'
'In his excellent new production for Victorian Opera, director Stuart Maunder shows respect and understanding for the piece. Sure, charm and wit and a certain folksiness abound – it's always easy to chortle at a caterpillar or a frog – but this is never at the expense of the underlying, deeper themes.'
'A cunning and colourful response to Janáček’s extraordinary score.'
'Roger Kirk’s colourful costumes for these characters immediately aid the suspension of disbelief. Both charming and comical as required.'
'Victorian Opera’s Cunning Little Vixen captured the imagination as members of the adult and children’s chorus capered and crawled about the stage as various animals.'
'Brimming with imaginative details, Victorian Opera’s beautifully realised staging of Cunning Little Vixen is a real charmer.'
'Highly accomplished young conductor Jack Symonds, who serves as artistic director of Sydney Chamber Opera, demonstrates his musical intelligence as he makes an all too rare Melbourne appearance. Twenty musicians from Orchestra Victoria play a rich chamber arrangement of Janáček’s score.'
'The production could have stood on the strength of its design, so it is a joy to see such strong, versatile set of artists in the cast. Each principal sings and acts with flair, all the while projecting a spark of the sheer enjoyment of being on stage.'