New York Philharmonic's Cunning Little Vixen to Be Broadcast Live June 23
The innovative production will transform Avery Fisher Hall into a fantastical forest environment, populated by creatures ranging from a mosquito to a badger to a den of fox cubs and the titular vixen in a tale of love, relationships, the cycle of life, and the interaction of man and nature.
The cast will be led by soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian as Vixen; baritone Alan Opie as Forester; mezzo-soprano Marie Lenormand as Fox; and tenor Keith Jameson as Schoolmaster and Mosquito, with mezzo-soprano Melissa Parks (Forester/s Wife/Owl); bass Wilbur Pauley (Parson/Badger); baritone Joshua Bloom (Harašta, a poultry dealer); Serena Benedetti (Frantík, Pepík's friend); mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor (Lapák, a dog); soprano Emalie Savoy (Cock/Jay); soprano Devon Guthrie (Chocholka, a hen); and mezzo-soprano Lacey Benter (Woodpecker). Also featured will be the New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director, and the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus, Anthony Piccolo, director.
The production will feature scenic design by G.W. Mercier and Doug Fitch; lighting design by Clifton Taylor; costume design by Doug Fitch; and make-up, hair, and body painting by Cookie Jordan.